Published: Wed, September 11, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Cristiano Ronaldo: Portugal superstar breaks all-time European

Cristiano Ronaldo: Portugal superstar breaks all-time European

Ronaldo netted four times in Portugal's 5-1 demolition of Lithuania in their Euro 2020 qualifier - taking the 34-year-old marksman to 93 global goals overall.

Ronaldo scored early in the first half and added three more in the second after the hosts had evened the match before halftime.

"I'm having a good time, but the team was doing very well too", he said after the match.

"I'm not only happy because of the goals I've scored, but also because of the level the national team has been at in recent years".

It was the second consecutive qualifying victory for Portugal after it opened Group B with two straight draws at home. Serbia sits a point behind Portugal with seven points.

"That comes as a result of what is won collectively".

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Carvalho's goal, his fourth in 60 games, was a fitting reward for a player who keeps the Portugal midfield ticking over without getting much attention.

Portugal, the defending European champion, dominated throughout in Vilnius, finishing with 31 total attempts.

Cristiano Ronaldo says he does not live thinking about individual prizes after being asked about the Ballon d'Or following his stunning four-goal haul for Portugal in Euro 2020 qualifying.

Lithuania goalkeeper Ernestas Setkus made an excellent save to prevent Edvinas Girdvainis turning the ball into his own net but Vytautas Andriuskevicius then grabbed a surprise equaliser, rising above his marker to head in from a corner in the 28th minute.

Playing in his 161st worldwide match, Ronaldo struck four times to inspire Portugal through what had threatened to turn into a frustrating evening.

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