All eyes were on Cristiano Ronaldo last night, and not for the first time, as he hunted down a century of international goals in Portugal’s UEFA Nations League match against Sweden.
Typically, he not only reached that milestone, but passed it – and in some style. Ronaldo’s brilliant brace established him as just the second male player to break through the 100-goal mark as he continues to close in on the record held in men’s football by Iran legend Ali Daei (109).
FIFA President Gianni Infantino congratulated the Portuguese via SMS in English and Portuguese immediately after the game, and the great Pele passed on his congratulations via Twitter.
They were joined by numerous FIFA legends, including beloved former team-mates such as Marcelo and Rio Ferdinand, who sent video messages to laud this modern-day phenomenon.