Cristiano Ronaldo returned to the starting lineup for Portugal against Switzerland in the UEFA Nations League on Sunday night.
Last week’s 1-1 tie with Spain included Ronaldo as a substitute. The rest seemed to be beneficial to him.
Ronaldo had a role in all three of Portugal’s goals in the first half as they stormed into a lead and went on to win easily.
His advantage as the all-time international goalscorer has now been extended even further.
Ronaldo now has 117 international goals to his name.
Ronaldo’s early free-kick attempt was successful, putting goalkeeper Gregor Kobel to the test. He could only parry it into midfielder William Carvalho’s path, who scored to put Portugal ahead 1-0.
The first of two Ronaldo goals in a five-minute stretch occurred in the 35th minute, with Manchester United teammate Bruno Fernandes playing a significant part in both.
Before Diogo Jota played Ronaldo in, Fernandes won a tackle in Switzerland’s half and he sent a powerful strike high into the net from the edge of the box, a clinical finish.
Ronaldo’s second goal was less flashy, more a product of his ability to be in the right place at the right moment.
On the left flank, Fernandes nutmegged an opponent before Nuno Mendes and Diogo Jota collaborated for a shot, which Ronaldo turned in from the rebound.
In the end, Portugal won 4-0, with Joao Cancelo scoring in the second half. Ronaldo was on the field for the entire 90 minutes.
Last year, Ronaldo eclipsed Ali Daei’s record of 111 international goals to become the all-time leading scorer. He’s currently working on expanding it to 117 international goals.
Last week, the Manchester United midfielder stated that he no longer seeks records since “records follow me.” He is correct.