Cristiano Ronaldo continues adding to his goal tally for this year with two strikes as Portugal thrashed Luxembourg.
Ronaldo, the 38-year-old former Manchester United star player bagged a brace as he helped his country triumph 6-0 against Luxembourg in the 2024 Euro qualifier.
The five times Ballon d’Or winner opened the scoring with a simple strike after only nine minutes from close range.
Several people were anticipating his signature “Siuuu” celebration as he raced up to the corner flag and sprang into the air.
Ronaldo landed with his legs spread wide but quickly switched to a closed-eyes, crossed-chest position.
The Al Nassr star has just recently begun using the second celebration, which is a testament to his current state of mind.
Portugal scored six goals against Luxembourg, with goals from Ronaldo, Joao Felix, Bernardo Silva, Otavio, and Rafael Leao.
Ronaldo has scored four goals in the first two matches of his country’s qualification series for the Euro 2024 tournament.
In addition, he has scored 15 goals in Portugal’s previous eight European qualifiers, increasing the team’s chances of making it to Euro 2024.
In Portugal’s opening encounter against Liechtenstein, Ronaldo became the all-time leader in international football appearances with his 197th cap.
The attacker who formerly played for Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus also increased his total international goals to a record 122 goals against Luxembourg.
On the other hand, Cristiano Ronaldo was booked for diving despite Portugal leading with 4 goals advantage on Sunday night, 26th of March, 2023.
After colliding with New York City’s 33-year-old defender Maxime Chanot, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner threw himself to the ground in an apparent attempt to trick the referee.
Official Radu Petrescu issued a yellow card to Ronaldo and advised him to calm down.
At the senior level for Portugal, Ronaldo has scored 122 goals, making him the all-time leading scorer in men’s international football.
With Portugal’s 4-0 triumph over Liechtenstein on Thursday night, he also became the country’s all-time leader in men’s football caps.
Following Sunday’s encounter, Ronaldo has now earned 198 caps for the senior team.
What’s next for Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo?
When Portugal plays Bosnia and Herzegovina and Iceland in their next two Euro 2024 qualifiers in June, the seasoned football icon is on track to become the first man to earn 200 senior caps.