In a historic moment, Portugal’s captain Cristiano Ronaldo scored a last-minute winner, becoming the first men’s player to earn 200 international caps during their Euro 2024 qualifying win over Iceland.
The 38-year-old scored by turning in Goncalo Inacio’s header from close range, which was initially disallowed for offside but later awarded after review by the video assistant referee.
Ronaldo’s goal marked his 123rd international goal, further extending his world record.
Earlier in March, Ronaldo had broken Kuwait forward Bader Al-Mutawa’s 196-cap record and was presented with a certificate by Guinness World Records before the match.
Despite leaving Europe for Saudi Arabia after the World Cup, Ronaldo remains a regular in the Portuguese team, having made his international debut in 2003 and now in his 20th year of playing for Portugal.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner and former Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus forward’s incredible achievement of 200 international caps is a testament to his consistency and longevity at the highest level of international football.
With his fifth goal in qualifying round, Ronaldo helped take Portugal to the top of their group with six points from two games, as they aim to win another European title in 2024.