Cristiano Ronaldo surpassed the 900-goal mark in his career with a brace against Ireland

Cristiano Ronaldo enters the final stage of the 2024 European Football Championship with over 900 career goals since starting as a senior player with Sporting in the 2002/03 season.

Cristiano Ronaldo surpassed the 900-goal mark in his career with a brace against Ireland
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Cristiano Ronaldo enters the final stage of the 2024 European Football Championship, which starts on Friday, with over 900 official goals scored in his career since becoming a senior player in the 2002/03 season with Sporting.

With a brace against the Republic of Ireland (3-0), scoring with his left foot in the 50th and 60th minutes in a friendly match held on Wednesday in Aveiro, the 39-year-old captain of the National Team has now accumulated 901 goals in 1246 games.

Ronaldo surpassed the milestone of 900 goals with his 129th and 130th goals for the Portuguese national football team, which he has represented 207 times since his debut in Chaves against Kazakhstan on August 20, 2003.

CR7 is the world record holder for international goals and also the top scorer in the history of the giant Real Madrid, for whom he scored 450 goals (excluding one attributed to Pepe), with an impressive average of more than one goal per game, as he only played for the "Merengues" on 438 occasions.

The second club for which he scored the most goals was Manchester United, which he represented between 2003/04 and 2008/09 and then again in 2021/22 and 2022/23, totaling 145 goals in 346 games.

For Juventus, where he played for three seasons from 2018/19 to 2020/21, he also surpassed the century mark, scoring 101 goals in 134 games. Currently playing for Al Nassr since the 2022/23 season, he is on his way to significant numbers with 64 goals in 70 matches.

Ronaldo's relationship with goals began, however, at Sporting, his last youth club, where he still had time to score five goals in 31 games during the 2002/03 season, with his first two goals coming in a 3-0 win against Moreirense at Alvalade on October 7, 2002.

The remaining goals from the player, who was born in Funchal on February 5, 1985, were scored for the National Teams at various levels: three for the U-21 team (in 2002/03), one for the U-20 team (in 2002/03), and two for the Olympic team (in 2004/05), one of which was during the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.

Regarding the competitions he has participated in, most of his goals were scored in La Liga (311), followed by 141 in the Champions League, including qualifiers, 103 in the Premier League, and 81 in Serie A.

In total, Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 901 goals as a senior, a milestone that puts him 99 away from 1000. This is a record he still aims to achieve in the final part of his career, as he approaches 40 years of age.

As Ronaldo prepares for Euro 2024, his focus will be on leading Portugal to success in the tournament. His extraordinary goal-scoring ability, combined with his experience and leadership, will be crucial for the national team. The upcoming championship not only offers him a platform to add to his goal tally but also an opportunity to further cement his legacy as one of football's greatest players.

The football world will be watching closely as Ronaldo, at 39 years old, continues to defy expectations and push the boundaries of what is possible in the sport. Whether he can reach the 1000-goal milestone remains to be seen, but his current achievements already place him in a league of his own.