Cristiano Ronaldo received an award while on international duty with Portugal
The Portuguese Football Association presented the award to Ronaldo, the country’s all-time leading goalscorer.
With 117 international goals, Ronaldo holds the all-time record. This is 70 points more than the second highest scorer in Portugal, Pauleta.
“Proud to win the award for best national scorer for the country that I love!” Ronaldo wrote on Instagram. Thank you again to all of my teammates, coaches, family, friends, and fans who helped me achieve this incredible feat! We will continue to break all possible records together! Thank you very much.”
The Manchester United star was keen to make clear that he is far from done. During his award presentation on stage in Lisbon, he declared his intent to play for his country beyond the 2022 World Cup.
Ronaldo was quoted by MaisFutebol: “I’m in a team with a lot of young players, with an extraordinary future and obviously I want to be part of this World Cup 2022 and Euro 2024.”
It’s possible Ronaldo could even line up at World Cup 2026 too, it’s hard to put it past him, but he’s not looking that far forward just yet.
Ronaldo has to resolve his future at the club level ahead of 2024. His contract at United expires next summer, although the Red Devils have an opportunity to extend it by a further year – if all parties agree.
The first step for this to happen is for Ronaldo to produce on the pitch, and it has been a slow start for him this season, scoring just one goal from the penalty spot.
He can get back in form during the international break against Poland and Spain, adding to his 117-goal haul.
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