Cristiano Ronaldo sets sights on international goals record after reaching century for Portugal - in pictures

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Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring for Portugal against Sweden in the Uefa Nations League match at Friends Arena in Stockholm. PA

Cristiano Ronaldo takes a shot at goal during Portugal's Uefa Nations Leaguye match against Sweden. EPA

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with Raphael Guerreiro after scoring a goal against Sweden, his 100th for Portugual. EPA

Cristiano Ronaldo (2R) celebrates after scoring a goal against Sweden. EPA

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring a goal against Sweden, his 100th for the Portuguese national team. EPA

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring his second goal against Sweden. PA

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring the opening goal against Sweden, his 100th goal for Portugal. AFP

Cristiano Ronaldo shoots past Sweden's defender Filip Helander. AFP

Cristiano Ronaldo shoots past Sweden defenders Filip Helander and Pontus Jansson. AFP

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring his second goal with his teammates. AFP

Cristiano Ronaldo watches the ball end up in the back of the net. AFP

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring his second goal with his teammates. AFP

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring his second goal with Raphael Guerreiro. AFP

Cristiano Ronaldo shoots to score his second goal against Sweden. AFP

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Sep 9, 2020

September 9, 2020

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Cristiano Ronaldo has turned his attention on the all-time international goalscoring record after hitting his 100th and 101st for Portugal in the 2-1 Uefa Nations League win away to Sweden.

Having missed Portugal's Nations League opener against Croatia with a toe injury, Ronaldo wasted no time on his return, scoring a first-half free kick and adding a second from open play in the 72nd minute to close in on Iranian Ali Daei's record of 109 international goals.

"I managed to beat this milestone of 100 goals and now (I'll go) for the record. It's step-by-step. I am not obsessed because I believe the records come in a natural way," Ronaldo, 35, said.

"When I had this problem in my toe I always knew that I could recover for this second game. I like to be here, with this group of players, coach, staff and knew that they would play well in the first game as our squad is too good and no one is irreplaceable."

Having netted five times in his previous encounters against Sweden, it is hardly surprising to see Ronaldo reach his century milestone against the Scandinavians.

"Yesterday he scored six or seven (free kicks) like that in training and today it went exactly the same way. It's so good to have Cristiano on the team," Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes said.

Ronaldo forced another fine save from keeper Robin Olsen before leaving the fray in the 81st minute to be replaced by Diogo Jota, his thoughts moving quickly on to his next task.

"The future, only God knows. I am happy to play with these young players and I am enjoying a lot this moment both individually and collectively," he said.

Updated: September 9, 2020 10:27 AM

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