Cristiano Ronaldo passes yet ANOTHER landmark

Former Manchester United and Premier League star is Real Madrid's fastest-ever rising goalscorer, now he is closing in on a Portugal record…

Widely revered for his powerful attacking nature, his ability to create stunning goals without the support of his team-mates, his awesome accuracy, his potent prolificacy, his deadly dribbling and a player whose one-man attack besotted match-going fans.

This player, though, is not Cristiano Ronaldo. This player is Eusebio; a European Champion, a European Footballer of the Year, an 11-time Portuguese champion and the top goalscorer of his respective division for seven seasons.

Similarities between one of the stars of the 1966 World Cup, Eusebio, and current La Liga phenom Ronaldo are startling.

Peak form, both had electric pace, were the constant bane of opposition defences and, statistically, their goal-scoring records at club-level are currently almost identical: Eusebio scored 319 goals in 313 league games for Benfica, while Ronaldo has returned 147 from 138 domestic appearances for Real Madrid.

While Ronaldo is fast-becoming one of Real Madrid's best-ever goal-scorers, he is now just four goals shy of equalling Pauleta's total haul for Portugal, having eclipsed Eusebio over the weekend thanks to a hat-trick over Northern Ireland on September 6.

After the victory, the 28-year-old told the media that: 'It was the first time I scored three goals for the national team and for me is something historic. At club-level I have done it, but internationally it has never happened before. I am happy, it was special.

"I came closer to the record, but that was not my goal. I am proud to have tied and then exceeded Eusebio, one of the greatest players to ever play for Portugal.

'It is with great pride that I take this record.'

Portugal now take on Brazil in a friendly on Wednesday, September 11 and Ronaldo will be looking to win his 107th cap, 20 appearances behind the combined number of times Luis Figo featured for the Selecao.

Name Goals Caps Strike Rate
Pauleta 47 88 0.53
Cristiano Ronaldo 43 106 0.40
Eusebio 41 64 0.64
Luis Figo 32 127 0.25
Nuno Gomes 29 79 0.37
Helder Postiga 26 62 0.43
Rui Costa 26 94 0.28
Joao Pinto 23 81 0.28
Nene 22 66 0.33
Simao 22 85 0.26

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