Cristiano Ronaldo will become the most crowned international men's soccer player if he plays in qualifying

Cristiano Ronaldo will become the most crowned international men's soccer player if he plays in qualifying

Portugal faces Liechtenstein in its first qualifying for the Euro 2024 and manager Roberto Martinez has chosen the legendary striker.

The five-time Golden Ball winner now equals the total of Kuwaiti forward Badr Al-Mutawa getting his 196th cap against Morocco at the World Cup in Qatar.

The former Manager United star's goal form at Al Nassr gave rise to an appeal and just another international cap would see him break a new record.

Ronaldo got his first cap in Portugal when he was 18 years old, when he came for Luis Figo in a friendly game against Kazakhstan in 2003.

He scored his first international goal on his eighth course in the Greek standings.

Ronaldo beat Ali Daei last September for most international goals by one man.

Player, scoring two goals against the Republic of Ireland to get away from Iran's total of 109.

The 38-year-old has since reckoned at 118 goals for her nation.

Al-Mutawa accomplished the feat by defeating Kuwait 3-0 against Jordan in qualifying for the 2023 Asia Cup.

The striker, who scored 56 goals for his country, is now playing for Qadsia SC in the Kuwaiti First League.

The 37-year-old had previously held the stock in 2021, only for FIFA to validate the Malaysian Soh Chin Ann total of 195.

Ronaldo scored a great long-range freekick when Al-Nassr came from behind to beat Abha 2-1 in the Saudi Pro League on Saturday.

The Portuguese striker has now scored nine goals in his first Saudi Arabian season.

Ronaldo's goal in the 78th minute was his first goal at Al-Nasr's Marsool Park since moving to Saudi Arabia for a major contract.

He joined the Portuguese team for the international break before coming out ahead of Al-Nassr's attempt to win the league title for the first time since 2019.

Ronaldo crashed into what should be his final World Cup when Portugal lost 1-0 to Morocco in the quarterfinal of the tournament in Qatar.

Ronaldo got off the bench to replace Ruben Neves in the second half, with Portugal trailing 1-0 after Youssef En-Nesyri opened up. But it has not managed to inspire a return.

Ronaldo also squandered a late opportunity after drilling a right foot effort into the hands of goaltender Yassine Bounou, who was among a series of missed Portuguese opportunities.

Ronaldo was clearly distraught after the match. The camera caught the Portuguese captain in tears and many felt that the emotion was related to his retreat.

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