Cristiano Ronaldo has made 100 caps for Portugal, becoming the third youngest player in European football history to reach three figures during the 1-1 draw against Northern Ireland. The 27-year-old sits behind Lukas Podolski (Germany) and Kristen Viikame (Estonia) in the record books, and is also third on the all-time Portuguese list behind Luis Figo and Fernando Couto.
“I remember it was on 20 August 2003 against Kazakhstan that I first pulled on the Portuguese jersey in a senior international,” Ronaldo wrote on his Facebook page. “It was one of the most memorable moments of my life and began a journey that I have been proud to make. I would like to thank everyone who helped me along the way to reaching this milestone,” he added.
Ronaldo has played the 2006 and 2010 World Cups as well as 2004, 2008 and 2012 Euros. He has scored 37 times in his 100 games with Portugal, 10 behind Pauleta who is the all time scorer. Portugal legend Luis Figo is Portugal’s most capped player with 127 matches, a number that Ronaldo will likely pass in the coming years.
Even though he did not celebrate his 100th cap with a win, he is still a legend and a hero and no matter what the Messi and Ronaldo speculations are, with the ladies, Ronaldo will always be Number 1.