Ronaldo leveled Ali Daei’s record with a brace against France in Portugal’s last Euro 2020 group match, but he’s not the all-time all-time goalscorer
Cristiano Ronaldo’s brace against France at Euro 2020 has made him the biggest international goalscorer in men’s football, level with Iranian Ali Daei.
Since that game against France, Ronaldo has scored 109 goals in 179 games for his country, three of them in his country’s triumphant Euro 2016 campaign and seven in the World Cup finals.
However, to become the best international goalscorer in football of all time, Ronaldo must have the incredible record of Christine Sinclair.
Who is Christine Sinclair?
Christine Sinclair is a forward who plays primarily as an attacking midfielder and is the captain of the Canadian women’s national team and the Portland Thorns.
The 38-year-old has played in North America throughout her career and was selected by FC Gold Pride as the eighth overall selection in the 2008 Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) expansion draft after playing for the Portland Pilots while studying.
She moved to Western New York Flash in 2011 and joined the Thorns two years later for the opening season of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), where she has remained ever since.
Sinclair has participated in five World Cup finals and two Olympic Games for her country and has won two bronze medals. She has won both the WPS Championship and the NWSL Championship twice, won the NWSL Challenge Cup in 2021 and is widely considered Canada’s greatest player of all time.
What is Christine Sinclair’s international goal record?
Sinclair’s current record is 187 goals in 303 games for Canada. She set a new international goal record in January 2020 and scored her 184th and 185th international matches against St. Kitts and Nevis in the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualification Championship.
“Thanks everyone for all the news. I’m a little overwhelmed, “she then posted on Twitter. “Thanks to all of my team-mates, coaches, employees, friends and family, 185 would not have been possible without you.”
The previous record was held by Abby Wambach, the former striker of the US women’s national team, who won two Olympic golds and also won the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Wambach scored 184 goals in 255 games for her country before retiring in 2015.
What other records does Christine Sinclair hold?
Not only is Sinclair her country’s all-time top scorer, but she has more caps (303) for Canada than anyone, male or female. This puts her in fourth place on the list of players with the most caps of all time, behind the American trio Kristine Lilly (354), Christie Pearce and Carli Lloyd (both 311), although Lloyd is still an active player.
Sinclair was captain of the World Cup four times and has scored at least one goal in five different tournaments, a record she shares with Marta. At the Olympics this summer, she is chasing the record for the most goals ever scored in the women’s football tournament. She set the record for the most goals in a single tournament, scoring six goals in London in 2012 – a record broken by Vivianne Miedema in Japan.
The striker is also the only person to have won the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award, a prestigious award for Canada’s Sportswoman of the Year, more than once, and has been named Canadian Player of the Year an incredible 14 times.
Who else has more international goals than Ronaldo and Messi?
Nine players currently have more international goals than Ronaldo, four of whom are still active.
The women with more goals than Ronaldo are US national team player Alex Morgan (111), Brazil icon Marta (112) Scotland’s Julie Fleeting (116), Lloyd (126) and Germany’s Birgit Prinz (128) with the American trio Lilly ( 130), Mia Hamm (158) and Wambach (184) then surpassed by Sinclair.
Lionel Messi is still chasing the 100 mark in his national team career and has a record of 76 goals in 151 games for Argentina. He ranks ninth on the all-time list of men’s footballers, ahead of the two active players Ali Mabkhout and Ronaldo from the United Arab Emirates.
* Note statistics: as of August 2, 2021