New Delhi: Cristiano Ronaldo on Saturday became the European Championship's all-time leading scorer after scoring the winner against Armenia in their Euro 2016 qualifying Group I match in Faro.
The Real Madrid superstar has now a tally of 23 European goals – in qualifying and the tournament proper – that took him past Denmark's Jon Dahl Tomasson and Turkey's Hakan Sukur, both of whom scored 22.
The 29-year-old forward scrambled home in the 71st minute to give Fernando Santos' side a hard win against the home side and with the win, Portugal have climbed to second place in the group with six points from three games. Denmark, with seven points from four games are leading the group which also has Albania and Serbia.
Portugal had suffered a shock defeat against Albania in Aveiro in their opening qualifier but returned stronger to beat Denmark 1-0 away. The World Player of the Year scored the stoppage time winner against the Danes too.
The winner against Armenia was yet another landmark in Ronaldo's prolific career. It was his 450th goal for club and country, in the 703rd official match. He is responsible for both the goals Portugal have scored in qualifying so far.
After helping Madrid complete La Decima last term, former Manchester United player has scored 21 goals in 14 La Liga and Champions League games this season. In 2014, he has scored 52 times in 51 competitive matches, and also created 16 times for his team-mates, thus making him the favourite to win the Ballon d'Or award.