Cristiano Ronaldo insisted he is not obsessed with breaking records as they come naturally for him after scoring his landmark 700th career goal being the first active player to do such.
Ronaldo bagged a consolation penalty in the second half of Portugal’s 2-1 Euro 2020 qualifying defeat to Ukraine in Kiev on Monday.
Defeat for Portugal at the Olympic Stadium made the occasion bittersweet for Ronaldo, who is now part of an elite list of players to have reached the milestone figure.
“Not just anyone can reach this figure,” he told reporters. “Thank you to my team-mates, colleagues and coaches who have helped me to become the player I am.
“I am disappointed that we didn’t win, but proud of the team.”
Reflecting on his personal achievement, Ronaldo added: “How many records do I have? I don’t know. I have to enjoy the moment and thank those who helped me reach this impressive mark.
“The last time I played at this ground I won the Champions League, a beautiful moment that is in the past. Today we played well but couldn’t win.
“Records come naturally – I don’t go looking for them; records are looking for me! Without having an obsession, they happen naturally.”