Cristiano Ronaldo Scores Controversial Last Gasp Winner on Historic 200th Cap for Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo Scores Controversial Last Gasp Winner on Historic 200th Cap for Portugal

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
June 21, 2023 at 7:54 AM
  • Cristiano Ronaldo scored the match-winner for Portugal against Iceland
  • The confirmation of Ronaldo's goal required a considerable amount of time as the match officials conducted a lengthy VAR review
  • The 38-year-old has a remarkable five goals in his last four matches for Portugal

In a gripping encounter, Cristiano Ronaldo proved to be the hero as he scored a contentious last-minute goal, securing Portugal's flawless start to the Euro 2024 Qualifiers.

In celebrating his remarkable 200th cap for Portugal, Ronaldo had to wait until the 89th minute to find the back of the net in this record-breaking performance, securing a fourth consecutive victory under the guidance of new manager Roberto Martinez.

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Cristiano Ronaldo netted a last-minute winner for Portugal. Photo credit: @brfootball/Twitter
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Before kick-off, the significance of Ronaldo's milestone appearance was duly acknowledged by Guinness World Records, who presented him with an official certificate commemorating his remarkable achievement.

Despite facing a resilient Icelandic side with a formidable defence, Portugal, and notably Ronaldo, remained persistent in their pursuit of victory. The team had to overcome the frustration of limited opportunities throughout the match.

In the second half, the Selecao intensified their efforts, with players like Rafael Leao and Bernardo Silva leading the charge. However, Iceland's determined resistance persisted until the inevitable breakthrough occurred, with Ronaldo capitalizing on a well-weighted pass from Goncalo Inacio, per Eurosport.

With his goal against Iceland, Ronaldo's impressive tally now stands at 123 goals in 200 appearances for the national team, further solidifying his status as a prolific scorer, BBC reports.

In his recent outings for Portugal, the 38-year-old has showcased exceptional scoring form, netting an impressive five goals in his last four matches.

Ronaldo honoured by Guinness World Records

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Cristiano Ronaldo's extraordinary achievement of reaching 200 international caps for Portugal has been recognized and honoured by Guinness World Records.

The Al-Nassr superstar accomplished this remarkable feat during Portugal's Euro 2024 Qualifiers match against Iceland on Tuesday, June 20.

As a tribute to his historic accomplishment, Ronaldo was presented with an official certificate as a complimentary record holder by Guinness World Records. Additionally, he received a Portugal shirt adorned with the number "200" printed prominently on the back, symbolizing his record-breaking caps.

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