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Cristiano Ronaldo breaks Ferenc Puskas’ European record during FIFA World Cup game vs Morocco

Cristiano Ronaldo’s strike for Portugal in their FIFA World Cup game against Morocco saw him surpass Ferenc Puskas as international football’s record European goalscorer.

football Updated: Jun 20, 2018 17:54 IST
By Harry West
By Harry West
Omnisport, Moscow
Cristiano Ronaldo,FIFA World Cup 2018,Portugal vs Morocco
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring a goal during Portugal’s FIFA World Cup match against Morocco in Moscow on Wednesday. (REUTERS)

Cristiano Ronaldo became the highest-scoring European in international history by scoring against Morocco on Wednesday. (PORTUGAL vs MOROCCO HIGHLIGHTS)

The Portugal superstar headed home in just the fourth minute of the Group B encounter in Moscow to surpass former Hungary and Spain striker Ferenc Puskas and move his tally to 85 on his 152nd appearance for his country. (FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGE)

Ronaldo equalled Puskas’ record of 84 - scored in just 89 matches - with a thrilling hat-trick in Friday’s absorbing 3-3 draw with pool rivals Spain.

The Real Madrid forward is now second on the all-time international list, but still has some way to go to catch Ali Daei, who netted 109 times in 149 outings for Iran.

Ronaldo’s strike also moved him back ahead in the race for the World Cup Golden Boot, after Denis Cheryshev pulled level on three goals with his effort during Russia’s 3-1 win over Egypt on Tuesday.

First Published: Jun 20, 2018 17:52 IST