Cristiano Ronaldo has overtaken great football legend Pele in terms of goals scored at international level.

The Portugal forward achieved his latest milestone when he scored a hat-trick in Thursday night's match against Faroe Islands.

The World Footballer of the year scored the opening goal inside three minutes before adding another from the penalty spot shortly before the half-hour mark.


The 32-year-old then completed the 48th hat-trick of his senior career in the second half to take himself beyond Brazilian legend Pele.

The goals put Ronaldo joint fifth on the all-time list of international goalscorers, level with Iraq's Hussein Saeed.

Ronaldo is still some way behind Ali Daei's record of 109 goals for Iran, while Ferenc Puskas, Kunishige Kamamoto and Godfrey Chitalu are also above him in the standings.

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