sport news Cristiano Ronaldo has scored his 100th goal for Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo became only the second male footballer to score 100 goals for his country as he netted a sublime free-kick for Portugal against Sweden on Tuesday night.

He is the first European to reach the incredible landmark, and is closing in on the all-time record of 109 set by Iran legend Ali Daei after taking his tally to 101 goals moments later.

It is just the latest in a long line of landmarks passed by the 35-year-old, who scored the 700th goal of his extraordinary career last year.

Cristiano Ronaldo became only the second male footballer to score 100 goals for his country

Cristiano Ronaldo became only the second male footballer to score 100 goals for his country

The Juventus star netted a sublime free-kick for Portugal against Sweden on Tuesday night

The Juventus star netted a sublime free-kick for Portugal against Sweden on Tuesday night

Portugal captain Ronaldo celebrates after reaching a century of goals for his country

Portugal captain Ronaldo celebrates after reaching a century of goals for his country

Ronaldo took his tally to 101 goals shortly after hitting landmark with effort from outside box

Ronaldo took his tally to 101 goals shortly after hitting landmark with effort from outside box

Ronaldo pokes home on the line to take his goal tally for Portugal up to 99 last year

Ronaldo pokes home on the line to take his goal tally for Portugal up to 99 last year

The 35-year-old forward took his international tally to 98 against Lithuania in November

The 35-year-old forward took his international tally to 98 against Lithuania in November

Ronaldo accelerated his goalscoring return in 2019 as he closed in on a century

Ronaldo accelerated his goalscoring return in 2019 as he closed in on a century 

RONALDO'S GOALS - CLOSER LOOK

HOW 

Head 25

Left 22

Right 54

Inside box: 80

Outside: 21

Free-kick: 10

Penalty: 11

WHEN

0-15mins: 10

16-30mins: 16

31-45mins: 15

46-60mins: 10

61-75mins: 22

76-90mins: 28

VENUE

Home 41

Away 35

Neutral 25

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The most established nation he has had success against is Sweden, who have conceded seven times to him. After that come Holland, who Ronaldo has scored past four times.

He has never scored against England, though it was his decisive penalty in the 2006 shootout that sent the Golden Generation packing in Gelsenkirchen. 

Brazil, Germany and France are also among those who've managed to keep Ronaldo out. 

As time has passed Ronaldo has become increasingly more prolific in front of goal for his country. Last year was his deadliest in front of goal - providing him with 14. He's reached the landmark in double quick time having started 2019 on 85 goals for his country.

RONALDO'S GOALS - YEAR BY YEAR  YEAR 2004 7 2005 2 2006 6 2007 5 2008 1 2009 1 2010 3 2011 7 2012 5 2013 10 2014 5 2015 3 2016 13 2017 11 2018 6 2019 14 2020  1 

He was in red hot form last year for Portugal, scoring 11 times in just six games, only failing to score in the Nations League final against Holland last June. 

The refinement of his game to more of a penalty box player than all-round spearhead has undoubtedly accelerated his goal return in recent years. 

Unsurprisingly it's the right boot of Ronaldo that has been the most prolific in the last 16 years, scoring over half of his goals - 54 to be precise. His infamous heading ability has helped him plunder 25 goals, three more than he has scored with his left. 

The vast majority of his goals have come from inside the box, 80 of them, with 21 from outside the box. Set-pieces have come in handy. He's added 10 from a direct free-kick and 11 from the penalty spot. 

The final half-hour of games is where Ronaldo tends to come to the fore. Nearly half of his goals have come after the 60th minute - 50 to be exact. With defences tiring, Ronaldo's physical endurance comes to the fore - he has notched 28 goals in the final quarter of the 90 minutes. 

Ronaldo scored his first goal for Portugal at Euro 2004 with this header against Greece

Ronaldo scored his first goal for Portugal at Euro 2004 with this header against Greece

The then-19-year-old celebrates scoring in the quarter-final victory over Holland

The then-19-year-old

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