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Ronaldo scores the game-winning goal in his historic 200th appearance.

Cristiano Ronaldo, captain of Portugal, scored a last-minute winner to become the first men’s player to win 200 international caps in their Euro 2024 qualification win over Iceland.

From close range, the 38-year-old converted Goncalo Inacio’s header.

The goal was initially called out due to an offside by Inacio, but it was awarded by the video assistant referee.

Ronaldo set a new world record with his 123rd international goal.

Ronaldo of Al-Nassr broke Kuwait forward Bader Al-Mutawa’s 196-cap record in March, and was presented with a certificate by Guinness World Records before kickoff to commemorate this latest achievement.

“For me, it’s an unbelievable achievement, it’s amazing,” he remarked after the game. “Of course, scoring the game-winning goal is even more special.

“We didn’t play well, but that happens in football, and we scored a goal that, in my opinion, we deserved.” I’m overjoyed because of the 200 caps, but this is much better.”

Ronaldo is in his 20th year of international football, having made his debut in 2003, and despite leaving Europe for Saudi Arabia following the World Cup, he remains a fixture in the team.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has played for Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus.

His fifth goal of Euro 2024 qualifying helped Portugal win four games in a row.

With 10 minutes remaining, Iceland’s Willum Willumsson was sent off for two bookings.


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