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Cristiano Ronaldo broke a new record: he reached 197 games with Portugal and is the one who played the most for a national team


The striker with a past at Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus reached that mark with his country's shirt, at the age of 38.

Cristiano Ronaldo

 broke a new record in his career on Thursday by playing his

197th game with the Portugal team

, making him the player with the most appearances with an absolute.

Cristiano, 38, returned this Thursday to represent his country in the duel between Portugal and Liechtenstein in Lisbon, in which the Spanish Roberto Martínez put him as the starter, and in this way surpassed the mark that the Kuwaiti Bader Al Mutawa had .

In addition, the striker scored two goals for the 4-0 win.

Al Mutawa, also 38, is still active but was not called up by the new Kuwait coach, the Portuguese Rui Bento, who in his playing days coincided with a young Cristiano at Sporting de Portugal.

At the pre-match press conference, Cristiano Ronaldo had stated that achieving this feat would make him "quite proud".

"Records? Let's go for them, come on! I like breaking records (...) It's also special, being the most international in history. I have to confess that it's something that makes me feel quite proud," he declared


In addition, he said: "I would like to have many more matches with the national team ahead of me in my career."

This mark extends the long list of records: he is the top scorer in history, with 830 goals (with the two this Thursday);

of selections, with 120;

and the Champions League, with 140.

He is also the footballer with the most matches in the Champions League, with 183, ahead of the 177 of the Spanish Iker Casillas or the 163 of 

Lionel Messi

, among many other achievements.

After a difficult period at Manchester United and a turbulent World Cup in Qatar, Cristiano seems to have recovered his form at his current club, Al Nassr of Saudi Arabia, with whom he has already scored 9 goals in 10 games.

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Source: clarin

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