Cristiano Ronaldo, the first male football player to play in 200 international matches, marked the occasion by scoring the game-winning goal in the 89th minute of Portugal’s 1-0 victory over Iceland in a European Championship qualifying match.

The only goal was scored by Ronaldo in Tuesday’s match against Iceland, who had 10 men on the field when Willum Willumsson was dismissed with 10 minutes remaining in the Euro 2024 qualifying match.

The 38-year-old Ronaldo was recognized by Guinness World Records prior to kickoff on Tuesday for achieving 200 games for Portugal almost 20 years after making his debut for the national team, surpassing Kuwait forward Bader Al-196-cap Mutawa’s record in March.

With Portugal’s fourth victory in as many games in Group J, he was also jubilant at the game’s conclusion after being present to score the game’s final goal against Iceland from close range. This victory kept Portugal on track to qualify for Euro 2024.

‘It’s that kind of moment that you never expect,’ he stated, after becoming the first male player to reach 200 caps.

“So happy. It’s that kind of moment that you never expect to reach 200 caps. For me it’s an unbelievable achievement, Of course, to score the winning goal, it’s even more special.” he added.

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