Cristiano Ronaldo: Al Nassr superstar wants to be 'most capped player in history'

Cristiano Ronaldo: Al Nassr superstar wants to be 'most capped player in history'

Isaac Darko

Cristiano Ronaldo made no secret Wednesday of his ambition to notch up another world record -- for the number of international caps -- a day before Portugal face Liechtenstein in Euro 2024 qualifiers.

The 38-year-old was named in new Portugal coach Roberto Martinez's first squad despite being dropped from the starting lineup for Portugal's final matches of the World Cup in Qatar.

Ronaldo already holds the world record for men's international goals, with 118, and the European men's record of 196 caps, a tally that also equals the world landmark with Kuwait's Bader Al-Mutawa.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Al Nassr
Cristiano Ronaldo, 38, began his international career in August 2003 in a friendly against Kazakhstan. Photo: Fayez Nureldine
Source: AFP
"Records are my motivation," Ronaldo told reporters. "I want to become the most capped player in history. That would make me proud.
"But it doesn't stop there, I still want to be called up very often."

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Ronaldo's international career began in August 2003 in a friendly against Kazakhstan and he has represented Portugal in every international competition since Euro 2004.

After the Liechtenstein match, Portugal face Luxemburg on Sunday.

Ronaldo's last free-kick goal

The Portugal captain's last free-kick success came during his days with Italian powerhouse Juventus, when he rifled home a set-piece in a 4-1 triumph against Torino.

That game occurred at the Juventus stadium on July 4, 2020.

Since then, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner has fluffed his lines to address his set-piece woes.

However, he responded to naysayers in style on Saturday, March 18, when he slammed home from 30+ yards to end his drought - the 58th free-kick goal in his career.

Fans claim Ronaldo is ageing

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Cristiano Ronaldo has turned social media upside down, with multiple user reactions trickling in.

Ronaldo, whose professional career has spanned almost two decades, made the odd yet lucrative move to join Saudi club Al-Nassr after falling out with the rank and file of Manchester United.

A photo of Ronaldo, which suggest the Portuguese phenomenon is nearing the end of his career, has sparked massive reactions from social media users.