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sport news Pele congratulates Cristiano Ronaldo on passing goal tally

By Glen Williams For Mailonline

Published: 16:52 BST, 1 September 2017 | Updated: 16:52 BST, 1 September 2017

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Cristiano Ronaldo has broken into the top five best international goalscorers of all time, surpassing one of the greatest footballers to ever lace up a pair of boots in the process — Pele.

The forward banged home a hat-trick as Portugal swept aside the Faroe Islands in a comprehensive 5-1 win in their World Cup qualifier on Thursday.

Ronaldo opened his account on the night with a stunning acrobatic effort before adding two more as Fernando Santos's side wreaked havoc at the Estadio do Bessa.

Cristiano Ronaldo bagged a hat-trick as Portugal swept aside the Faroe Islands 5-1

Cristiano Ronaldo bagged a hat-trick as Portugal swept aside the Faroe Islands 5-1

The hat-trick took him to 78 international goals, surpassing Brazil and football legend Pele 

The hat-trick took him to 78 international goals, surpassing Brazil and football legend Pele 

But the result, though important, was overshadowed by Ronaldo, who shot from seventh to fifth in the all-time international goal rankings.

The Portguese has now scored 78 goals in 144 matches for his country, equalling former Iraq striker Hussein Saeed.

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