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Cristiano Ronaldo becomes most capped player in European squads

Cristiano Ronaldo becomes most capped player in European squads

Cristiano Ronaldo becomes most capped player in European squads

While the Ballon d’Or award ceremony will take place on November 29 at 8:30 p.m. in Paris, Cristiano Ronaldo sets a new record. The Portuguese became the most capped player in the European teams on Saturday when Portugal won (3-0) against Qatar in a friendly match in Faro.

For his 181st appearance for Portugal, Ronaldo, who passed Spaniard Sergio Ramos, also opened the scoring with a flat foot at the penalty spot after a header from his Manchester United teammate Diogo Dalot ( 1-0, 37th). It was his 112th national team goal, further improving the world record for national team goals he broke last month against Ireland, when he doubled Iranian Ali’s 109 goals. Daei.

Lille defender José Fonte in the spotlight

Until then, during a first period one-sided, the Portuguese had obtained half a dozen clear chances without finding the net. André Silva (11th), Danilo Pereira (12th), Gonçalo Guedes and Ronaldo (25th) all had their attempts stopped by Qatari goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb. Diogo Dalot (23rd) and “CR7” (34th) hit right next to it.

Returning from the locker room, without the five-time Golden Ball replaced by AC Milan striker Rafael Leao, of which it was the first selection, Portugal continued its domination and scored entry. Lille defender José Fonte followed Danilo’s header from a free kick badly pushed back by the Qatari goalkeeper to open his selection goals counter (48th, 2-0). And André Silva finally worsened the score at the very end of the game by heading over a cross from Rafael Leao (90th, 3-0), after missing several attempts.

Against Qatar, host country of the next World Cup and 43rd nation in the FIFA rankings, Portuguese coach Fernando Santos also offered their international debut to FC Porto goalkeeper Diogo Costa and Portuguese-Brazilian midfielder Sporting Matheus Nunes, who has finally opted to represent the selection champion of Europe 2016. Currently second in group A of the European qualifiers at the 2022 World Cup with 13 points, Portugal will try Tuesday when receiving Luxembourg to regain its lead over Serbia, leader who beat the Luxembourg selection in the evening (1-0) and has 14 points but one game more than the Portuguese.


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