'Not Closing the Count Yet' - Cristiano Ronaldo Sends Message to Fans After Breaking International Scoring Record

Arjun Singh Devgan
Cristiano Ronaldo with 111 goals is the all-time highest goalscorer in international football
Cristiano Ronaldo with 111 goals is the all-time highest goalscorer in international football / Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images

Portugal icon, Cristiano Ronaldo took to social networking site, Instagram to promise his fans that there is "more to come" after he created history by becoming the top goalscorer in men's international football.

Ronaldo led Portugal to a 2-1 victory against Republic of Ireland in the 2022 World Cup qualifier on Wednesday, with the striker netting two last-gasp headers to give his country the win and to take his goal tally to a remarkable 111.

The 36-year-old had equalled the record held by Iran legend, Ali Daei during the 2020 European Championships, with Daei scoring 109 goals for Iran between 1993 and 2006. Ronaldo now is the individual holder of the record, and the superstar was quick to send a message to his fans on Instagram.

"From all the records that I have broken during my career - and fortunately there have been a few - this one is very special for me and it's certainly on the shelf of the achievements that make me truly proud," he wrote on Instagram.

"First of all, because every time I represent my country is a special moment, for knowing that I'm defending Portugal and showing to the world what Portuguese people are made of. Secondly, because national teams competitions have always had a very strong impact on me as I was growing up, watching my idols playing for their flags every other summer in Euros and in World Cups.

"But finally and above all, because scoring 111 goals for Portugal means 111 moments like the ones we experienced today in Algarve, moments of worldwide union and happiness for millions and millions of Portuguese citizens all around the globe. For them, every sacrifice is worth it.

"Another reason for me to appreciate this achievement as much as I do right now, is because Ali Daei has set the standards in such a high level that at some point, even I started thinking that I might never catch him.

"Congratulations to the 'Shariar' for holding the record for so long and thanks for always showing so much respect for me every time I scored and as I became closer and closer to his outstanding number.

"Thank you Portugal. Thanks to all my team-mates and opponents for making this journey so unforgettable. Let's keep meeting inside the pitch in the years to come. I'm not closing the count just yet..."

With Ronaldo reiterating that he has no plans of retiring anytime soon, it will be interesting to see how many more goals he scores and ends up with on the international scene.