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Cristiano Ronaldo ties Ali Daei record as Euro 2020 top scorer nets 109th Portugal goal


Cristiano Ronaldo has drawn level with Iran’s Ali Daei after scoring his 109th international goal for Portugal. The 36-year-old scored a brace of penalties in his country’s final Euro 2020 group stage match against France in Budapest, Hungary.

After Danilo had been caught by Hugo Lloris in the air at a free-kick, Ronaldo stepped up to send the Tottenham goalkeeper the wrong way from 12 yards and make it 1-0 on half-an-hour.

Karim Benzema scored twice, including a spot-kick of his own, either side of half-time to put the world champions in front at the Puskas Arena.

But Ronaldo was given the chance to drawl Portugal level again on the hour mark following a Jules Kounde handball inside the area.

And he did just that, finding the back of the net for his 109th goal for Portugal and his 755th career strike for club and country.

Ronaldo also scored three times in his nation’s first two group matches in a 3-0 defeat of Hungary and a 4-2 defeat to Germany.

Thanks to his France double, Juventus centre-forward Ronaldo is now the European all-time top goalscorer at major tournaments with 21 goals, surpassing Germany legend Miroslav Klose.

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid attacker has scored at more World Cups and European Championships than Poland, such is his prolific record.

And he is the leading scorer at this summer’s Euros with five strikes, putting him two clear of Patrik Schick, Emil Forsberg, Romelu Lukaku, Gini Wijnaldum and Robert Lewandowski all tied on three.

Ronaldo’s 109 goals have come in 177 caps, having made his debut for his country in August 2003 aged 18.

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The five-time Ballon d’Or winner will hope to add to his record in the knockout stages of the Euros with Portugal primed to go through second in Group F thanks to Hungary beating Germany.

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