Cristiano Ronaldo: Portugal Captain Speaks After Setting Another Record

Cristiano Ronaldo: Portugal Captain Speaks After Setting Another Record

Elijah Odetokun
  • Cristiano Ronaldo is synonymous with records and has set many in his career
  • He scored twice against Liechtenstein and became the most capped international
  • The 38-year-old took to social media after the game and expressed his joy at his new records

Cristiano Ronaldo is feeling the joy of playing football again after a turbulent 2022 in his professional and personal life.

He had a difficult time off the field, which was not well-acknowledged at Manchester United. This led him to doing an explosive interview with British broadcaster Piers Morgan and subsequently led to his contract termination.

Portugal also had a poor World Cup outing which led to the departure of former coach Fernando Santos and the appointment of Roberto Martinez, who was also let go by Belgium after a disastrous World Cup outing.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal, Liechtenstein.
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring a goal against Liechtenstein. Photo by Valter Gouveia.
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In just his first game under the new boss, Ronaldo scored twice and became the most-capped international player of all time with 197 appearances.

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Ronaldo proud to set record

Ronaldo's 197 international appearances and 120 international goals for his country are world records, according to Sportskeeda, and he could not have been prouder at holding both.

He took to his Instagram page, which is the most followed in the world and expressed his joy at attaining a new milestone on the international stage.

''Such good feelings to play and score again for our national team and in a special stadium for me. Proud to be the most capped international player ever,'' he wrote.

Martinez praises Ronaldo's commitment

A new era started in the Portuguese national team yesterday as new boss Roberto Martinez managed his first game, a 4-0 win over Lichtenstein inspired by Cristiano Ronaldo's brace.

As Sports Brief reported, the former Wigan manager quickly spotted a standout attribute in Ronaldo and praised the 38-year-old's commitment which he said would be a vital experience for the team.

Winning Euro 2024 is the goal for Martinez, and he has made it clear to Ronaldo that he would demand a lot from him to win the tournament in Germany next year.