With his performance in Portugal’s Euro 2024 qualifier against Liechtenstein, Cristiano Ronaldo reached the 197th appearance mark, breaking the previous men’s international appearance record held by Pele.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner earlier earned his 196th cap against Morocco at the World Cup in Qatar, surpassing the record of Kuwait striker Badr Al-Mutawa.
The seasoned attacker continued his record-breaking performance against Liechtenstein with a brace of goals, including a famous free kick, bringing his career total to 120 goals.
At the age of 18, Ronaldo replaced Luis Figo in a friendly match against Kazakhstan, earning his first Portugal cap. On his tenth appearance against Greece, he netted his first goal for his country.
When Ronaldo scored two goals against the Republic of Ireland in September, he overtook Ali Daei’s previous record of 109 for the most goals scored by a male player in international competition.
Ronaldo had previously held the title in 2021, but FIFA later recognized Malaysia’s Soh Chin Ann as having 195 points instead.