With his 197th appearance for Portugal, he had surpassed Kuwait's Bader Al-Mutawa and etched his name into the record books.
The occasion was marked with a Euro 2024 qualifier against Liechtenstein, and Ronaldo was in the starting lineup. The match started off well for the Portuguese, with Joao Cancelo putting them ahead with a deflected half-volley in the 8th minute. However, the visitors put up a solid defence, frustrating the home side.
That is, until the second half. Just 70 seconds in, Bernardo Silva doubled Portugal's lead with a fierce shot after Cancelo's progress was halted. And then, it was Ronaldo's turn to shine.
He converted a penalty in the 51st minute, finally breaking his duck against Liechtenstein. And then, just 12 minutes later, he unleashed a trademark free kick that left the visiting goalkeeper grasping at thin air.
Ronaldo's two goals not only helped Portugal secure a 4-0 win, but they also extended his record as the top scorer in international football to 120 goals. The only disappointment was that he couldn't bag a hat trick, missing a couple of chances late in the game.
But for Ronaldo, this was still a night to remember. After being benched for Portugal's final two games at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, he was back in the starting lineup, breaking records and scoring goals. And if this was anything to go by, he still had plenty left in the tank.