Cristiano Ronaldo became the top scorer in the history of men’s international football with two stunning late headers to hand Portugal a thrilling 2-1 victory over the Republic of Ireland.
The 36-year-old went level with Iran Ali Daei on 109 goals with a double in Portugal Euro 2020 group stages clash with France in July and the record will undoubtedly have been at the forefront of his mind heading into last night’s World Cup qualifying clash at the Estadio Algarve.
Ireland appeared on course to pull off a shock upset away from home after John Egan’s opener but Ronaldo had the last laugh with two near-identical headers to seal all three points for the hosts, taking tally up to 111 goals from 180 games for his country.
The result saw Portugal go three points clear of nearest rival Serbia in Group A . Ireland, meanwhile are still yet to pick up a point three matches into their qualifying campaign and find themselves down in fourth place.