Ronaldo: First player to score 100 goals for the national team

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored the 100th goal of his Juventus career on Wednesday night, and in doing so became the first player in soccer history to hit a century of goals for three different clubs and his national team. 

The 36-year-old scored Juventus’ second goal in a 3-1 win over Sassuolo in his 131st game for the club, making him the fastest ever player to hit the landmark for the Italian giant. 

Adrien Rabiot and Paolo Dybala were Juventus’ other scorers on the night. Dybala’s goal was also his 100th for the club. To prove just how impressive Ronaldo’s feat is, Dybala had scored 68 goals for Juventus when Ronaldo arrived in 2018.

Ronaldo’s strike was the 776th of his career, with the striker having already hit over 100 goals for Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Portugal. 

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Ronaldo netted 118 goals in 292 games for United between 2003 and 2009, before plundering 450 in 438 games for Madrid between 2009 and 2018. 

For Portugal, Ronaldo has managed 103 goals in 173 appearances. 

“Always a special feeling to reach 100 goals for my team,” Ronaldo said on Instagram after the match. “Proud of this number, happy for helping Juve and happy for seeing Dybala reach his 100th goal as well.

“But we must keep our focus and go for the remaining points in Serie A. There is still so much at stake and we will keep fighting for all our remaining goals.”

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The win for Juventus keeps alive its slim hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.

Andrea Pirlo’s side currently sit fifth in the Serie A table, one point outside the top four with just two games to play, meaning it needs either Napoli, AC Milan, or Atalanta to slip up in order to make the cut.

The last time Juventus failed to qualify for the Champions League was in 2010/11, when it finished seventh. 

 

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