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WCQ: Ronaldo sets new record with late double against Ireland

Cristiano Ronaldo broke the world record for goals scored in men’s international football as he netted his 110th and 111th goals for Portugal in their dramatic 2-1 2022 World Cup qualifying win over the Republic of Ireland.

Ronaldo scored two late headers – to break and extend the record – after he had a first half penalty saved by Gavin Bazunu.

Ali Daei, who scored 109 goals for Iran between 1993 and 2006, held the record which Ronaldo equalled with a double against France at Euro 2020.

The 36-year-old Manchester United new forward has also equalled Sergio Ramos’ European record for men’s caps – with his 180th Portugal appearance.

The world record – only ratified by Fifa this summer – is the 195 Malaysia caps won by Soh Chin Ann between 1969 and 1984.

“I’m so happy, not only because I beat the record, but for the special moment that we had,” he told RTE. “Two goals at the end of the game. I have to appreciate what the team did, we believed until the end. I’m so glad.”

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