KEY POINTS

  • Ronaldo netted a brace against France Wednesday
  • Portugal have qualified for the last-16 in the Euros 2020
  • With 5 goals, Ronaldo is the leading goal scorer in the underway tournament

Cristiano Ronaldo, who equaled the world record of most international goals Wednesday, has scored the most goals against Lithuania and Sweden.

Ronaldo netted a brace to help Portugal draw 2-2 with France and progress to last-16 in the ongoing Euros 2020. That took Ronaldo’s tally of international goals to 109, a joint world record in men’s soccer. Ronaldo became the second player in the history of soccer to score 109 goals for his country after Ali Daei, who netted 109 goals for Iran between 1993 and 2006.

Ronaldo, who led Portugal to the Euros title in the previous edition, has netted goals against as many as 43 countries over the years, according to Goal.com. While he has scored seven goals each against Sweden and Lithuania, the next country on his list of most international goals is Andorra against whom he has scored six goals. He has notched up five goals each against Armenia, Latvia, and Luxembourg.

Among the big guns in international soccer, Ronaldo has netted four goals against the Netherlands, three against Belgium, and three against Spain. When he converted the 30th-minute penalty, it was the very first time he had scored against France. He went on to double his tally against the World Champions in the same game when he once again scored from the spot-kick at the 60th minute.

Cristiano Ronaldo now has a record 11 European Championship goals after his brace in Portugal's 3-0 win over Hungary Ronaldo netted a brace against France, his very first goals against the World Champions. Photo: POOL / BERNADETT SZABO

The brace against France in the Euros 2020 also saw Ronaldo become the first European player in World Cup and European Championship history to score a combined 20 goals across the two competitions, one more than the previous holder Germany forward Miroslav Klose, according to Opta Joe.

Having netted five goals in three matches, Ronaldo is the leading goal scorer in the underway tournament. Next on the list are Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku, Netherlands’ Gini Wijnaldum, Poland’s Robert Lewandowski, Czech Republic’s Patrik Schick, and Sweden’s Emil Forsberg – all have scored three goals each.

Ahead of the crucial last-16 stage in the Euros, Ronaldo is one goal away from becoming the all-time leading goal scorer in men’s international soccer. Meanwhile, his arch-rival Lionel Messi is placed 12th in the list of most international goals with 73 goals for Argentina.