Cristiano Ronaldo awarded Guinness World Records certificate

Cristiano Ronaldo’s position as the newly-crowned highest goalscorer in men’s international football was confirmed.

This came after he received a certificate from Guinness World Records. 

The Portugal forward has long been chasing down Iranian Ali Daei’s seemingly impossible record of 109 international goals.

He drew level with him at Euro 2020 earlier this year.

But Ronaldo finally broke Daei’s record on Wednesday night.

He came to Portugal’s rescue in trademark style by scoring two late headers to secure a 2-1 victory over Ireland in their World Cup qualifier.

Cristiano Ronaldo the record breaker

Ronaldo took to Instagram on Friday, posting a picture of himself posing with the Guinness certificate.

He confirmed his spectacular achievement, and his comment suggested he wasn’t done scoring for Portugal. 

“Thank you to the Guiness (sic) World Records,” he wrote.

“Always good to be recognised as a world record breaker. Let’s keep trying to set the numbers even higher!”

Iran legend Daei took to social media to praise Ronaldo’s achievement in breaking his record.

He hailed the Portuguese’s ‘humility and kindness’.

On breaking the record, Ronaldo posted a message thanking Daei ‘for holding the record for so long.’

And ‘for always showing so much respect for me every time I scored and as I became closer and closer to his outstanding number’. 

Ronaldo has cemented his position as Portugal’s greatest ever player, having astonishingly scored more than twice the number of goals as the nation’s next highest scorer – Pauleta with 47.

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