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Cristiano Ronaldo scores late winner in record 200th appearance for Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first male football player to make 200 international appearances.


He overtakes Kuwait’s Al-Mutawas record 196 appearances. Ronaldo was honoured by Guinness world records before kickoff on Tuesdays Euro 2024 qualifier.

Ronaldo honoured by Guinness world records in yesterday’s game PHOTO/Courtesy

Ronaldo’s debut for the Portugal national team debut was 20 years ago

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The 38- year old scored the only and winning goal in the 89th minute.The Portugal side beat Iceland who were playing with 10 men after Willum Willumsonn was sent off with 10 minutes to stopage time.

Ronaldo’s goal keeps Portugal on track for the Euro 2024 qualifications since it was their fourth win after four games in group J.

Marking his 200th cap, the Portugal team’s official Twitter account featured the message: “How it started. How it’s going.”

He also added onto his record of international goals yesterday by neting his 123rd fo Portugal.

In an interview with UEFA, Ronaldo said:

“So happy. It’s that kind of moment that you never expect to do it, 200 caps. For me it’s an unbelievable. Of course to score the winning goal is even more special.”

Midfielder Joao Moutinho is now the second-most capped male player for Portugal with 146 games, while defender Pepe is third with 133.

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