Robbie Keane begged Cristiano Ronaldo not to break his goalscoring record in Euro qualifiers

Republic of Ireland v Switzerland - UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifier

Lithuania were the latest victims of Cristiano Ronaldo's incredible international prowess on Tuesday night. 

The 34-year-old sent more records tumbling as he netted four during Portugal's 5-1 win away from home. 

It was a routine win in European qualifying but in terms of personal milestones, it was another massive night for the Juventus forward. 

Ronaldo has now scored against 40 different opponents while playing for his country (that's 12 more than Lionel Messi), has a tally of 93 international goals, and has scored 54 hat-tricks throughout his career. 

Those numbers are just astonishing. 

To top it off, he also broke the record for the number of goals scored in European qualifying, which he was four shy of at the start of the evening. 

The honour previously belonged to Republic of Ireland legend Robbie Keane (23). 

The former Spurs and Liverpool striker must have known it was only a matter of time before he was surpassed by Ronaldo, and he must have had a feeling it was going to happen this week. 

Before the game, he posted on Instagram joking with Ronaldo by asking him to leave his record in tact. 

"I think you have enough records @cristiano. Leave this one."

As if that was ever going to happen. One thing Keane can be fairly certain of keeping hold of is his record as Ireland's all-time leading goalscorer, which he established over 18 years.

With 68, he is a remarkable 47 clear of Niall Quinn. The active player who is closest to his record is Shane Long, with 17. 

Yet as for his Euro qualifying record, the only question now is how far past him Ronaldo is capable of going. 

Before the end of the year, Portugal have several very winnable qualifiers against the likes of Luxembourg and Ukraine, none of whom will be looking forward to facing the king of international football. 

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