Cristiano Ronaldo has equalled the world record for international goals, taking his tally to 109 to go level with former Iran forward Ali Daei.

Cristiano Ronaldo equalled the goalscoring record in men’s international football as his brace in Portugal’s Euro 2020 draw with France took him to 109 goals.

Former Iran striker Ali Daei’s all-time international record. The 36-year-old Ronaldo, the leading scorer in European Championship history, converted his second penalty of the game in Budapest to match the record in his 178th international appearance.

Ronaldo is the first player to appear at five editions of the tournament and has scored five times in three Group F games. The Juventus striker has now scored 14 European Championship goals, five more than French great Michel Platini, who netted nine times when he led France to glory in 1984.

Ronaldo was already one of only two men with a century of goals to his name and now sits alongside Iran’s Ali Daei atop the all-time list.

• 109 – Ali Daei, Iran; CRISTIANO RONALDO, Portugal
• 89 – Mohamed Mokhtar Dahari, Malaysia
• 84 – Ferenc Puskas, Hungary/Spain
• 79 – Godfrey Chitalu, Zambia
• 78 – Hussein Saeed Mohammed, Iraq
• 77 – Pele, Brazil
• 76 – Ali Mabhkout, United Arab Emirates
• 75 – Sandor Kocsis, Hungary; Kunishige Kamamoto, Japan; Bashar Abdullah, Kuwait

Daei, nicknamed the ‘Shariar’ (King in Persian), scored a remarkable 109 goals in 149 appearances for Iran between 1993 and 2006, an achievement many thought would never be matched.

Daei has said on several occasions that he would be “delighted” if Ronaldo broke his record, as he believes the Juventus striker ranks among the best three players in history, alongside Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona.

“Congratulations to @cristiano who is now one goal away from breaking the men’s international goal scoring record,” Daei posted on Instagram.

“I am honoured that this remarkable achievement will belong to Ronaldo – the great champion of football and caring humanist who inspires and impacts lives throughout the world.”

Match in brief

France had already confirmed their last-16 spot ahead of the 2016 final repeat, but in greater need of points, Portugal – fresh from a 4-2 loss to Germany – could not afford another defeat.  Points Table

In a cagey opening, Ronaldo nevertheless sniffed out a couple of early half chances and it wasn’t long before the Portuguese captain was on the scoresheet after Hugo Lloris felled Danilo, swaggering up to the penalty spot to hammer in on 31 minutes – his first-ever goal against Les Bleus.

Sitting deep, Portugal looked comfortable. However, on the stroke of half-time, France struck back. Sent to the ground in the Portuguese box, Kylian Mbappé won the second spot-kick of the match; Benzema converted with aplomb.

France looked to have turned the game around shortly after the restart, as Benzema squeezed in from Paul Pogba’s impeccable through ball. With Hungary ahead in Munich, Portugal was heading out until Jules Koundé handled the ball inside the area and Ronaldo inevitably fired his side back on terms – extending his EURO all-time scoring record to 14, as well as equalling Ali Daei’s all-time international world record of 109 goals

Star of the Match: Karim Benzema (France)

“For his two first goals at EURO and for the good movement on the second goal.”
Corinne Diacre, UEFA Technical Observer

Line-ups

Portugal: Rui Patrício; Nélson Semedo (Dalot 70), Rúben Dias, Pepe, Guerreiro; João Moutinho (Neves 72), Danilo (Palhinha 46), Renato Sanches (Oliveira 88); Bernardo Silva (Bruno Fernandes 72), Ronaldo, Diogo Jota

France: Lloris; Koundé, Varane, Kimpembe, Hernández (Digne 46, Rabiot 52); Pogba, Kanté; Tolisso (Coman 66), Griezmann (Sissoko 87), Mbappé; Benzema

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