Star Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first men’s football player to play the 200 international matches.
Ronaldo celebrated that milestone by scoring the winning goal in the 89th minute as Portugal beat Iceland 1-0 in a European Championship qualifier. Ronaldo scored the only goal in the game on Tuesday against Iceland, who played with 10 men after Willum Willumsson was sent off with 10 minutes to go in the Euro 2024 qualifier.
The 38-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo was honoured by Guinness World Records before the statrtoff match on Tuesday for reaching 200 games for Portugal almost 20 years after he made his debut for the national side.
Marking his 200th cap, the Portugal team’s official Twitter account featured the message: “How it started. How it’s going”, above a picture of a young Ronaldo playing in an early appearance for Portugal alongside a photo of a jubilant Ronaldo during Tuesday’s game.
Ronaldo said he was “very proud” to complete 200 games for Portugal.
“So happy. It’s that kind of moment that you never expect to do it, 200 caps. For me it’s an unbelievable achievement,” Ronaldo told UEFA’s website. “Of course, to score the winning goal, it’s even more special.”
Asked about the most special game among the 199 played so far, Ronaldo could not choose just one.
“It’s hard to pick just one. I’ve had so many beautiful moments. The Euro 2016, the Nations League, but there are some many beautiful moments, and that’s why I prefer to say the next game is the best one,” he said.