He’s done it: Cristiano Ronaldo’s late double makes him the highest international goalscorer of all time & rescues Portugal again

Cristiano Ronaldo has smashed the world goalscoring record in dramatic fashion, scoring an 89th-minute equalizer and a 96th-minute winner to save Portugal against Ireland on a night when he missed a penalty.

Few could have foreseen the frustration Ronaldo would have to endure on the night when he finally broke legendary Iran striker Ali Daei's all-time international goals total, spurning the simplest of chances to finally reach 110 goals when his 15th-minute penalty was saved by 19-year-old Manchester City goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu.

Ireland had looked set for a huge upset in the World Cup 2022 Qualifier in Faro, compounding Ronaldo's misery following the spot kick – when the Portugal captain also became involved in a flashpoint with defender Dara O'Shea – by taking the lead through John Egan's header after 45 minutes.

Just when the visitors seemed to have held out for a famous away win, Ronaldo produced one of his hallmark leaps to power a thunderous header past Bazunu from a Goncalo Guedes cross with a minute of normal time remaining, then repeated the trick from a Joao Mario with seconds to spare. 

Ronaldo's record will take some beating: the new Manchester United signing and Daei are the only two male players to have scored 90 or more goals in international football.

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