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Ronaldo scores on European record 181st international appearance

By AFP
09 October 2021   |   9:38 pm
Cristiano Ronaldo marked a record 181st international appearance with a goal as Portugal defeated World Cup hosts Qatar 3-0 in a friendly game on Saturday...

Portugal’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo (2nd-R) challenges Qatar’s defender Pedro Miguel (R) and Qatar’s midfielder Homam Elamin (2nd-L) during the international friendly football match between Portugal and Qatar at the Algarve stadium in Loule, near Faro, southern Portugal, on October 9, 2021. (Photo by CARLOS COSTA / AFP)

Cristiano Ronaldo marked a record 181st international appearance with a goal as Portugal defeated World Cup hosts Qatar 3-0 in a friendly game on Saturday.

The Manchester United star surpassed Sergio Ramos, who has played for Spain 180 times, as the most-capped international for a European nation.

Ronaldo opened the scoring in the 37th minute with Jose Fonte adding a second three minutes into the second half.

RB Leipzig striker Andre Silva completed the scoring in the last minute of the game.

Portugal’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring a goal during the international friendly football match between Portugal and Qatar at the Algarve stadium in Loule, near Faro, southern Portugal, on October 9, 2021. (Photo by CARLOS COSTA / AFP)


Portugal resumes their World Cup qualifying campaign on Tuesday when they host Luxembourg.

They are currently second in Group A, a point behind Serbia but with a game in hand.