Cristiano Ronaldo has set a new world record for most international appearances by starting for Portugal against Liechtenstein in their Euro 24 qualifier.
Ronaldo makes record 197th international appearance
Cristiano Ronaldo has started Portugal’s opening Euro 2024 qualifier against Liechtenstein to set a new world record for the most international caps.
Ronaldo, who turned 38 last month, won his 197th cap, surpassing Kuwait’s Bader Al-Mutawa, as he captained his country in the Group J qualifier in Lisbon.
Ronaldo had been benched by former coach Fernando Santos for the team’s final two games at last year’s World Cup in Qatar where Portugal lost in the quarter-finals to Morocco.
Thursday marked the first game in charge for new coach Roberto Martinez, who had expressed his faith in Ronaldo’s ability to continue delivering for his country.