Cristiano Ronaldo nets incredible free-kick as Portugal star breaks record

Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first European player to score 100 international goals, breaking the record with a stunning free-kick.

Ronaldo, who is regarded as one of the greatest players the games has ever seen, is now just nine goals behind Iranian Ali Daei, who holds the world-record for most international goals (109) for his country.

His 100th was a wonderful goal, rolling back the years to net a free-kick as Portugal faced Sweden in the Nations League.

At 35, he will surely have Daei’s tally in his sights with no other international player having reached three figures.

Ronaldo missed the chance to make it to a century in Portugal’s first game as he was absent from the win over Croatia.

Reports suggested the Juventus star had been stung by a bee, which ruled him out of the fixture.

But he was back with a bang against Sweden, curling a sensational effort into the top corner.

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He swiftly made it to 101 goals scoring the second goal of the game with former club Manchester United quick to congratulate the forward.

They posted on social media: “Congratulations to Cristiano on a century of international goals for Portugal”.

On representing Portugal, Ronaldo previously said: "It gives me great pride to represent Portugal in the world.

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"If it were up to me, I'd only play important games. Those of the national team and the Champions League.

“It's these types of games that motivate me, those with everything at stake.

"But you have to be professional and honour your family and the club who pay you. You have to do your best every day."

Ronaldo has international honours with Portugal, helping the side to Euro 2016 glory.

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