Cristiano Ronaldo scores 700th career goal against Ukraine

Can Andriy Shevchenko & co. book their place at the Euro

Ronaldo is now just 14 behind Iran's Ali Daei after his 95th goal for Portugal, though he still needs 105 to equal Josef Biscan's record of 805 professional career goals.

Two goals in the first half put Ukraine 2-0 up in the Euro 2020 qualifier and despite Ronaldo's goal from the spot, and the red card to Taras Stepanenko's sending off immediately preceding it, the Nations League champions were unable to complete the comeback.

And, after the match, Zinchenko launched into a series of wild celebrations on live television as he joyously sang and rejoiced at his side's qualification for next year's Euro finals.

"Records come naturally - I don't go looking for them; records are looking for me! I'm already thinking about tomorrow, about scoring No. 701 in my next match".

During his career Ronaldo played for four clubs, Portugal's Sporting Lisbon, English club Manchester United, Spanish giants Real Madrid and Italian powerhouse Juventus. I don't know. I have to enjoy the moment and thank those who helped me reach this impressive mark. Ronaldo slipped a penalty kick past the Ukraine goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov in the 72nd minute to reach the milestone, and the plaudits immediately flowed his way.

The former Iran forward scored 109 times in 149 games for his country, while 34-year-old Ronaldo is now on 95 from 162 caps.

'There are days like these, when the ball just doesn't want to go in, ' said Portuguese midfielder Danilo.

Ukraine reached 19 points, eight more than Portugal and nine more than third-place Serbia, which won 2-1 at Lithuania.

Five-time Ballon d'Or victor Ronaldo's latest feat means he is one of just six players - per the Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation (RSSSF) - to score 700 or more.

Portugal and Ukraine had drawn 0-0 in their group opener in Portugal.

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