Cristiano Ronaldo is set to become the most capped men’s international footballer of all time with a 197th appearance
Superstar footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo is set to break the FIFA record for men’s international caps with a 197th appearance if he plays tomorrow.
Portugal face Liechtenstein in their first Euro 2024 qualifier and manager Roberto Martinez has selected the legendary striker.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner currently equals Kuwait striker Badr Al-Mutawa’s tally as he earned his 196th cap against Morocco at the World Cup in Qatar.
The ex-Man United star’s goalscoring form at Al Nassr prompted a call-up and just one more international cap would see him break another record.
Ronaldo earned his first cap for Portugal aged 18, when he replaced Luis Figo in a friendly against Kazakhstan in 2003. He scored his first international goal on his eighth cap against Greece .
Ronaldo overtook Ali Daei last September for the most international goals by a male player, scoring twice against the Republic of Ireland to edge Iran’s tally of 109.
The 38-year-old has since taken his tally to 118 goals for his country.
Al-Mutawa achieved the feat in Kuwait’s 3-0 loss to Jordan in 2023 Asian Cup qualifying.
The striker, who has scored 56 goals for his country, currently plays for Qadsia SC in the Kuwait Premier League.
The 37-year-old had previously held the title in 2021, only for FIFA to validate Malaysia’s Soh Chin Ann’s tally at 195.