Cristiano Ronaldo netted his 700th goal of his career when he converted a 72nd minute penalty for Portugal vs Ukraine in the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers on Monday.
Portugal earned the penalty after Taras Stepanenko blocked a shot with his hand. This also saw him collect his second yellow card and be sent off. Ronaldo then stepped up to smash the spot kick towards the top corner to score his seventh goal of the qualifiers.
However, Ronaldo’s goal wasn’t enough for Portugal as they suffered a 2-1 defeat to Ukraine. First half goals from Roman Yaremchuk and Andriy Yarmolenko meant that the hosts walked away with the victory.
As a result of that penalty, Ronaldo become only the sixth player to score 700 career goals after Gerd Muller, Ferenc Puskas, Pele, Romario and Josef Bican.
While Ronaldo has 95 goals for Portugal, he has netted 450 for Real Madrid, 118 for Manchester United, 32 for his current club Juventus, and 5 for Sporting Lisbon.
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“The records come naturally. I don’t go after them, they come after me. I’m already thinking about tomorrow, about scoring No. 701 in my next match,” said Ronaldo.
“It’s not an easy number to reach. I have to thank everyone who has helped me. It’s unfortunate that it came in a loss,” he concluded.