Cristiano Ronaldo scores 700th career goals

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Ronaldo’s goal was his 95th for Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo reached a career landmark on Monday by scoring his 700th career goal in Portugal’s Euro 2020 qualifier at Ukraine.

The 34-year-old scored a penalty as Portugal lost 2-1.

His 700 goals so far have come from 973 matches – and he has scored at least once in 458 of those.

His goal in the 2-1 loss to Ukraine was also his 95th for Portugal, leaving only Iranian Ali Daei in front in the international charts on 109 goals.

Joining the greats

Gerd Muller, Ferenc Puskas, Pepe, Romario, Josef Bican
Gerd Muller, Ferenc Puskas, Pele, Romario, Josef Bican are the only players to have scored more than Ronaldo

Ronaldo’s goal means he joins an elite group of players to have hit at least 700 goals in their career.

According to data from Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation, Juventus forward Ronaldo is still some way behind the most prolific player of all time, with Czech-Austrian Josef Bican scoring 805 career goals.

Next on the list is Brazil legend Romario, who bagged 772, while his compatriot Pele is third on 767.

Hungary legend Ferenc Puskas hit 746 goals, while former Germany striker Gerd Muller rounds out the top five with 735 goals.

Players with 700+ career goals
Player Nationality Major clubs Goals Years scored between
Joef Biscan Czech-Austrian Rapid Vienna, Slavia Prague 805 1931-1955
Romario Brazilian Vasco da Gama, PSV, Barcelona, 772 1985-2007
Pele Brazilian Santos, New York Cosmos 767 1957-1977
Ferenc Puskas Hungarian Budapest Honvéd, Real Madrid 746 1943-1966
Gerd Muller German Bayern Munich 735 1962-1981
Cristiano Ronaldo Portuguese Sporting CP, Man Utd, Real Madrid, Juventus 700 2002-present

A career packed with goals

Real Madrid were the biggest beneficiary of Ronaldo’s goals.

He scored 450 times for the Spanish giants, with 118 of his 700 goals coming during the early part of his career at Manchester United from 2003 to 2009.

His 95 goals for Portugal is more than double the tally of any other player to have featured for the national team. Pauleta has the second most with 47.

Ronaldo’s favourite opponents

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Sweden are one of four teams Ronaldo has scored the most against at international level with five goals

Andorra, Armenia, Latvia and Sweden are the countries to have suffered the most at the hands of Ronaldo, who has scored five goals against each of them.

He has four apiece versus Estonia, Faroe Islands, Hungary, Lithuania, Luxembourg and the Netherlands but has never scored against France, Germany, Italy or England.

At club level, Sevilla (27), Atletico Madrid (25), Getafe (23), Celta Vigo (20) and Barcelona (18) are the teams Ronaldo has scored the most against.

A landmark reached, what next?

Watch seven great Premier League strikes by Cristiano Ronaldo as he reaches 700 career goals

Ronaldo is no stranger to breaking records. You name it, he has probably broken it.

Most Champions League goals, most goals in a Champions League season, most goals for Real Madrid, most appearances in European Championships, most Portugal caps, to name but a few.

The list is almost endless. So what is left for him to achieve?

There is still his ongoing tussle with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi to be statistically the outright best player in Europe.

Ronaldo’s goal against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League at the start of the month took him up to 605 club goals, two above Messi’s 603.

The pair are the joint all-time top goalscorers in Europe’s top five leagues on 419. Ronaldo has 422 league goals, but his three in Portugal for Sporting Lisbon do not count as one of the top leagues.

Ronaldo still needs four Champions League final goals to overhaul Puskas’ and Alfredo di Stefano’s record of seven, while he needs to score in the competition again next season to match Ryan Giggs’ record of netting in 16 consecutive seasons.

Still plenty for him to aim for then…

Mohamed Salah
Salah has scored nine goals, in addition to five assists, in 17 games for Liverpool this season

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah will miss Egypt’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Kenya and Comoros with an ankle injury.

Club manager Jurgen Klopp, who had been angered by Choudhury’s tackle in Liverpool’s 2-1 win, said before Salah’s latest setback that his joint top-scorer was still feeling the effects of that initial knock.

“I think it is more really annoying – for him, not me – the fact that it always has a bit of fluid in, and he has to deal with it, we get it out and it comes back, and stuff like that,” said Klopp on 2 November.

Liverpool’s next match is away to Crystal Palace on 23 November.

Mohamed Salah
Salah departed the pitch with ice on his ankle after Liverpool’s win over Manchester City

Commonwealth Games 2022: More women’s medals as T20 cricket, beach volleyball & Para-table tennis included

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Edgbaston cricket ground

India – which boasts a distinguished record in shooting – has previously said it is considering pulling out of the Games in protest at the sport’s exclusion.

How will the additional sports work?

The Commonwealth Games has a variety of core sports, but organisers can also add optional sports and three have been added to the Birmingham 2022 programme.

Women’s T20 Cricket – The competition is the result of a joint bid by the International Cricket Council and the England and Wales Cricket Board and will feature eight teams playing at Edgbaston.

Cricket’s only previous inclusion in the Commonwealth Games came in 1998, when South Africa won a men’s 50-overs-a-side competition in Kuala Lumpur.

Beach volleyball – Made its debut at the 2018 Gold Coast Games and was considered one of the successes of the Australian programme.

A venue for the 2022 men’s and women’s beach volleyball event, which will see 48 athletes compete, is expected to be announced in the near future.

Para-table tennis – Another event that was included four years ago, the Birmingham competition will see 32 athletes take part across four medal events. It will be held at the NEC in the same venue as the table tennis competition.

The addition of table tennis takes the number of para sports to eight – a Commonwealth Games record.

Why was shooting left out?

Shooting had been contested at every Games since 1974.

It means there will be no place at Birmingham 2022 for David Calvert,Northern Ireland’s most successful Commonwealth Games competitor. He has been to 11 consecutive Games and won eight medals, four of them gold.

But Birmingham 2022 chief executive Ian Reid said the proposed location for shooting, at Bisley in Surrey, “offered little or no benefit to the West Midlands”.

The overall total cost of the 2022 Commonwealth Games will be £778m, making it the most expensive sports event Britain has hosted since the London 2012 Olympics.

Up to 4,500 athletes are expected to compete across 19 sports from 27 July to 7 August, 2022.

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