Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo scored four goals for Portugal against Lithuania to become the most prolific player in Euro qualifying history.
Ronaldo hit a ‘poker’ during Portugal’s 5-1 win in Lithuania on Tuesday evening, taking his tally for the Selecao up to 93 goals in 159 caps.
More significantly, however, the 34-year-old surpassed former Republic of Ireland and Inter striker Robbie Keane in Euro qualifying goals with 25.
“I’m having a great time, but the same goes for the whole team,” he said after the game.
“I’m happy and I’m enjoying myself, not because I scored but rather for the level we’ve been playing at in recent years.
“It’s up to me to continue helping the national team. We overcame the hardest game, which was to beat Serbia.
“Today it was important to have given continuity to that victory. Now everything is open: we have two games soon, one at home and one away, and I think that winning one of them could be enough.”
Keane had been the previous top scorer with 23 goals.
The feat also saw the No 7 score his eighth hat-trick for Portugal and the 54th of his professional career.