Cristiano Ronaldo recorded a hat trick in Portugal’s
World Cup qualifier on Thursday to pass Pele on the
list of top international goal scorers.
Ronaldo three goals in Portugal’s 5-1 win over
Faroe Islands took him to 78 for his country in his
career, surpassing the 77 that Pele scored for
Brazil from 1957-71.
However, Ronaldo needed 144 games to
accomplish the feat, while Pele played in just 92.
It was Ronaldo’s fifth hat trick for his country, all of
which have come in official qualifiers for major
tournaments. He has 43 hat tricks in his club
He is now just six back of Hungary’s Ferenc
Puskas for the most international goals by a
European player. His first goal broke a tie for
second with Hungary’s Sandor Kocsis.
Iran’s Ali Daei is the top men’s career international
goal scorer with 109 goals in 149 games.