Friday, September 29, 2023

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar fighting to break incredible records in international break

The big names in international football will be looking to break more records during the upcoming break from the domestic campaign.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar will be looking to either break or extend existing records.

Ronaldo has multiple international records to his name alreadyGetty

Neymar can finally beat Pele’s record in SeptemberGetty

Brazil superstar Neymar has just moved to the Saudi Pro League to join Al Hilal from Paris Saint-Germain in a deal that could rise to £86million.

Injuries have been a huge problem for the forward in recent years, but that has not stopped his goal scoring exploits for Brazil.

The 31-year-old has scored 77 times in 124 games for his country and is level with Pele’s record.

Brazil have games against Bolivia and Peru in September where he will have a chance to break the icon’s record.

However, he will still unlikely be seen in the same light as three-time World Cup winner Pele having failed to replicate such success.

Sticking with the South American teams, Lionel Messi is also closing in on the second all-time international record goalscorer.

That is Ali Daei, who scored 108 times for Iran, while Messi is on 103 for the reigning World Cup winners.

They face Ecuador and Bolivia in September and if he replicates the sort of form he has shown with Inter Miami then anything is possible.

Messi finally got his hands on the World Cup in DecemberGetty

Then Ronaldo will obviously want to get in on the act too and extend plenty of records that he already has.

The 38-year-old, who started the influx of stars to Saudi Arabia earlier this year, is already the top international goalscorer with 123 goals in 200 games.

Portugal face Slovakia and Luxembourg in their Euro 2024 qualifiers in September and Ronaldo’s eyes will be lighting up against one of those teams.

He has scored 11 goals against Luxembourg, including two against them earlier this year.

Those 200 games are also a record and continues his record setting career.

Prior to breaking that 200 milestone, he said: “For me it is an extremely important milestone. It means a lot. Being the 200th game, I will be the first in history to do so, I’m very proud for this is something I never thought I could reach, but I have to keep going. I have much more to do.

“[200] is a round, beautiful number that nobody has. I say it sincerely, I don’t follow the records, they follow me. I’m happy, it’s also my motivation to continue playing at the highest level in the national team. It was something I never thought I would achieve. And I’m continuing to set records.”

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