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FIFA President and Legends pay homage to CR7

Christiano Ronaldo of Portugal celebrates after scoring 0-1 during the Nations League football match between Sweden and Portugal on September 8, 2020 in Stockholm. 
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  • FIFA President Gianni Infantino congratulates Ronaldo by SMS
  • FIFA Legends pay tribute in a series of video messages
  • The Portugal icon scored his 100th and 101st international goals

All eyes were on Cristiano Ronaldo last night, and not for the first time, as he hunted down a century of international goals in Portugal's UEFA Nations League match against Sweden.

Typically, he not only reached that milestone, but passed it - and in some style. Ronaldo's brilliant brace established him as just the second male player to break through the 100-goal mark as he continues to close in on the record held in men's football by Iran legend Ali Daei (109).

FIFA President Gianni Infantino congratulated the Portuguese via SMS in English and Portuguese immediately after the game, and the great Pele passed on his congratulations via Twitter.

They were joined by numerous FIFA legends, including beloved former team-mates such as Marcelo and Rio Ferdinand, who sent video messages to laud this modern-day phenomenon.

Cristiano Ronaldo and FIFA President Gianni Infantino

The FIFA President's SMS

Congratulations, Cristiano! More than 100 goals with your national team!! A fantastic record from a living legend of world football such as you are. Hope to congratulate in person soon. All the best. Gianni

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