Cristiano Ronaldo international goals: How Portugal striker's world record stacks up against Lionel Messi and Pele | The Sun

CRISTIANO RONALDO is the clear leader in the all-time rankings for international goals.

The Portugal captain, 37, is now up to it 117 strikes in internationals – a year after leapfrogging Iran legend Ali Daei on 109 goals.


The Manchester United striker had been chasing the tally for his entire career – and finally overtook the magic mark in a 2-1 win against Ireland, where he scored two late goals.

So confident was Ronaldo of beating the world record that he even TOLD the Portuguese bench he would do it – scoring in the 89th and 96th minute after the Irish had taken a 1-0 lead.

Lionel Messi can leapfrog Malaysia's Mokhtar Dahari into third on the all-time standings when Argentina play Jamaica or in their final World Cup warm-up against the UAE.

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Daei notched an incredible 109 goals in 140 appearances for Iran, before retiring from the game in 2006.

His record has stood for an impressive 14 years, and not even Lionel Messi or Neymar have come anywhere near it.

Robert Lewandowski can also hop into the top 10 scorers in history at the World Cup.

Poland face Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Argentina in Group C.

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Most international goals in football history

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo* – Portugal – 2003 to present – 117 goals
  2. Ali Daei – Iran – 1993 to 2006 – 109 goals
  3. Mokhtar Dahari – Malaysia – 1972 to 1985 – 89 goals
  4. Lionel Messi* – Argentina – 2005 to present – 88 goals
  5. Ferenc Puskas – Hungary/Spain – 1945 to 1962 – 84 goals
  6. Sunil Chhetri – India – 2005 to present – 84 goals
  7. Ali Mabkhout – UAE – 2009 to present – 80 goals
  8. Godfrey Chitalu – Zambia – 1968 to 1980 – 79 goals
  9. Hussein Saeed – Iraq – 1977 to 1990 – 78 goals
  10. Pele – Brazil – 1957 to 1971 – 77 goals
  11. Robert Lewandowski* – Poland – 2008 to present – 76 goals

*Player due to play at this year's World Cup

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