Cristiano Ronaldo hits landmark goal rises to 101

Cristiano Ronaldo scored goals against 10-man Sweden to take him to 101 international goals on Tuesday for Portugal.

On the half-time stroke of a UEFA Nations League match against Sweden, the mythical 100-mark was broken.

The 35-year-old Juventus player curled for a memorable milestone in his trophy-laden career in a free-kick from 25 yards over the wall and into the far left corner beyond Sweden’s stranded goalkeeper Robin Olsen.

The second bonus goal, and his 101st, came in the 72nd minute, with the former Manchester United and Real Madrid player cutting back within the Swedish defense and producing a deft finish from 20 yards into the far corner.

Cristiano Ronaldo

After making his first international senior presence as an 18-year-old in 2003, at Euro 2004, Ronaldo scored his first goal for Portugal in a 2-1 defeat by eventual Greece winners.

Ronaldo, sealed 165 times by Portugal, is second in the list of top men’s international goal scorers only to Iran’s Ali Daei, on 109.

Amazingly for Ronaldo, in friendly matches, only 17 of his 100 goals came, and his nine hat-tricks all came in Fifa or Uefa tournaments or qualifying games.

He keeps the records for most goals scored by a European man in challenging internationals (84) and also the most goals ever scored by a European player in a professional career (101 in 165 matches).