The goat emoji is thrown around a lot these days, but as ‘CR700’ hits another landmark, tributes are ringing out for one of the greatest players of all time.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his anticipated 700th career goal playing for and captaining Portugal over the most recent international break. Having scored a gorgeous chip against Luxembourg last week, the scene was set for the newly christened CR700 to score number 700.
It has taken Ronaldo 973 matches to hit the landmark, which very few players have hit before him. That said, his 700th goal and 72nd-minute penalty actually came in a defeat for Portugal against Ukraine. However, it is likely that the game will be as much remembered for CR7‘s landmark goal as it will be for securing Ukraine’s passage to Euro 2020.
The goal was Ronaldo’s 95th for his country, as he closes in on the record set by Iran’s Ali Daei for most international goals ever. Daei recorded 109 goals for Iran, while the Czech-Austrian Josef Bican holds the record for most goals ever at all levels. Playing in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, Bican notched 805 career goals.
So still some work to do for Ronaldo, then…