Pele congratulate Christiano Ronaldo after breaking international goals record

Portuguese football player Cristiano Ronaldo (L) receives from the hands of Brazilian football legend Pele the FIFA world Footballer of the Year 2008 award on January 12, 2009 in Zurich. Ronaldo, who is also holder of the prestigious Ballon d'Or for the European Footballer of the Year, beat off competition from 2007 winner Kaka (Brazil), Lionel Messi (Argentina), Fernando Torres (Spain) and Xavi (Spain). AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

Brazil great Pele has congratulated Cristiano Ronaldo for surpassing a century of international goals for Portugal

The 36-year-old scored in either half of his country’s 2-0 win over Sweden in the Nations League on Tuesday to bring his tally on the international stage up to 101. 

Ronaldo is now just eight strikes shy of matching the record for most international goals currently held solely by Iranian legend Ali Daei.

Pele, who himself scored 77 goals for Brazil, was quick to celebrate Ronaldo’s latest milestone with the Juventus star once again exceeding expectations. 

“I thought we were going to celebrate 100 goals today. But it was actually 101! Congratulations @Cristiano, as you reach new heights in your journey,” Pele tweeted

Ronaldo was recently described by Pele as “the modern athlete, who shows everyone that success always comes to those who are dedicated and love what they do” after he helped Juventus claim another Serie A title. 

The Brazilian has also previously revealed that he believes Ronaldo is the most consistent current player.

“Right now I think Cristiano Ronaldo is the most consistent player out there, but you can’t forget about [Lionel] Messi,” Pele told YouTube channel Pilhado in March.

When asked he if was better than Ronaldo and Messi, the 79-year-old responded: “That’s a tough question to answer. I’ve been asked many times.

“We mustn’t forget Zico and Ronaldinho. People always talk about European players like [Franz] Beckenbauer and [Johan] Cruyff.

“It’s not my fault, but I think I was better than all of them. There will only be one Pele. There won’t be anyone else like me.”

Ronaldo’s former Manchester United team-mate Gary Neville believes the Portugal star could well have one eye on overtaking Pele’s career goal haul too.

“It’s an obsession with scoring goals and applying himself every day, being the fittest he can possibly be. I think he’s lifted his professionalism every single year and progressed,” Neville told Sky Sports earlier this year. 

“I think he has a plan to go on and take over Pele’s record. He wants to be the greatest of all time and that is his sole purpose.” 

The Brazilian is believed to have scored 767 competitive goals across his glittering career with Ronaldo now sitting on 739.