It was a bittersweet night for Cristiano, as Portugal were defeated in their route to Euro 2020. Their captain, however, reached another landmark, as he becomes the 6th player ever to reach the 700 career goals.
With 95 goals, he is also a step closer to Ali Daei, in becoming the top international goal scorer with his national team.
Portugal lost 2×1 in Kyiv on his Monday night and they will need to beat Luxembourg and Lithuania in November to book their place in the Euros.
Ukraine qualified as leaders of the group, with goals from Miranchuk and Yarmolenko in the first half. In the second time, Portugal battled to come back, but they only had one consolation goal.
Stepanenko touched the ball with his hand in the area, got the second yellow and a red. Ronaldo stepped up to the penalty spot and sealed his 700 goals. It was unfruitful, as the team would not be able to score the equalizer.
Another goal in the route for greatness
Still, for Ronaldo, it is another remarkable achievement. He is now in the 6th place as the all-time world’s record goalscorer. Puskas is the next one in line, as the Hungarian legend has 709 goals in 720 games.
Gerd Muller, with 721 in 769 matches comes next, followed by Pele (757 in 815) and Romario (758 in 980).
The leader, with most goals in official games, is Czech legend Josef Bican with a tremendous number of 762 goals in 497 games.
It is still unknown if Cristiano Ronaldo will achieve the 800th goal mark and become the world’s all-time top scorer. Still, we thought about remembering all the other centenary goals from the Portuguese legend. Get ready for going back in time.
1st goal – Sporting x Moreirense (7 October 2002)
On the 7th of October of 2002, a young 17-year-old prodigy took the headlines of Portuguese newspapers as he scored a brace against Moreirense, for Sporting Club de Portugal. It would be his first official goal for the, at the time, Liga NOS table champions.
Cristiano Ronaldo received the ball, after a good backheel assist from Toñito, took the Moreirense defense on his own, dribbling past them and scoring a beautiful goal.
He would score 5 goals for Sporting only, before heading to Manchester during the Summer. The champion of the Portuguese League in that season, however, as FC Porto, managed by Jose Mourinho.
100th goal – Manchester United x Tottenham (27th January 2008)
Ronaldo took a slow start in Manchester, but once he got the hold of Sir Alex Ferguson tactics, he took Old Trafford by storm. Nonetheless, it was the 2007/2008 season that was probably his best with the Red Devils shirt.
Manchester United once again got the Premier League title and they ended up winning the Champions League too, the first for CR.
His 100th career goal, however, would come in an FA Cup tie against Tottenham. Just like he did with his first goal, he scored a brace to help his team win 3×1 and get to the next stage of the competition.
United would, however, got eliminated by Portsmouth, who would have gone all the way to conquer the cup.
Since we do not have a video to show you that exhibition in the FA Cup, we let you with the highlights of the 2008/2009 epic clash between the same two teams. Ronaldo also scored twice in an epic 5×2 comeback.
200th goal – Real Madrid x Valencia (4th December 2010)
Cristiano Ronaldo moved to Real Madrid in the summer of 2009, but it was in the following season that he truly left his mark. In the 2010/11 season, although Barcelona won the league, Cristiano was the La Liga table top scorer with 40 goals scored.
His 200th career goal arrived in early December, in a clash in the Santiago Bernabeu against Valencia. Once again, he did not score one in this game, but 2, as Real beat Valencia 2×0.
He broke the deadlock at the 73rd minute, after a pass from Ozil, scoring past current Crystal Palace goalkeeper Guaita. Later he would double the home side lead, after an assist from Diarra.
300th goal – Granada x Real Madrid (5th May 2012)
It took just another season for Ronaldo to achieve another goal mark, this time the 300th goal. It would be another memorable season, as Real Madrid finally got the La Liga title, under the guidance of Jose Mourinho.
Ronaldo was again the team top scorer, scoring 60 goals overall, as Real achieved the 100 points in the league.
His 300th goal came by a penalty kick spot, to seal an equalizer against Granada away. Jara had put the hosts in front, but a Ronaldo goal and a late own goal by Cortes would give the 3 points to Mourinho’s men.
400th goal – Real Madrid x Celta de Vigo (8th January 2014)
What a season it was the 2013/2014 for Cristiano Ronaldo. Finally, Real Madrid broke the spell and CR7 conquered his second Champions League, his first with the ‘Galacticos’ team.
He scored 17 goals in the Champions League, plus 31 in the league. Real Madrid ended up 3th in La Liga, but that did not stop Ronaldo from getting his 400th goal.
In a match that had an emotional value for Ronaldo, since Portuguese legend Eusebio had died the previous weekend, Real Madrid beat Celta de Vigo 3×0. Ronaldo scored the team’s second, after an assist from Carvajal.
Later, he scored the final goal in the game, his 400th career goal, after a pass from Gareth Bale. He pointed to the sky as a tribute to Eusebio.
500th goal – Malmo x Real Madrid (30th September 2015)
His 500th career goal came in a Champions League group stage tie against Malmo. It was the beginning of another great season – may be his best one = that would culminate in, not only another European club trophy, but also the first European national trophy with Portugal.
Once again, Ronaldo scored twice, as the La Liga side won 0x2 in Sweden. The 500th arrived in the 29th minute, after Isco squared to the Portuguese, as he put it past Malmo’s keeper Wiland. At the last minute, he would score the 501st, following a pass from Lucas Vasquez.
The Portuguese was even more ruthless in the home game against the same team. Malmo got beaten 8×0, with Ronaldo scoring 4. He was once again top scorer of the competition with 16 goals and would get the Ballon D’Or and all the other individual accolades after the 2015/16 season.
600th goal – Real Madrid x Juventus (3rd June 2017)
His 600th career goal came at the biggest stage of all, in the Champions League final, in Cardiff against Juventus.
It was the 4th Champions League title for Ronaldo and the second consecutive one for Real Madrid.
He scored first past Juventus in the 20th minute, before Mandzukic equalized with a bicycle kick.
Casemiro put Real Madrid back ahead, before Ronaldo scoring another goal mark, his 600th, after a pass from Modric. Asensio would finish it off, and Real crushed Juventus 4×1. Once again, Ronaldo was the leading scorer of the competition, with 12 goals.
700th goal – Ukraine x Portugal (14th October 2019)
It was the first centenary goal mark that Ronaldo scored while playing for the national team, but sadly it was the first time he lost the match. The goal scored against Pyatov, from the penalty spot, however, stays in history, as another mark for Ronaldo.
What is next for the legend? How far will he go? Will he achieve the 800th goal or is that already a step too far?