It was a bizarre and emotional scene as Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo set a new world record after scoring a brace in Portugal’s 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over the Republic of Ireland.
Ronaldo broke the world record for the most goals scored in international football after scoring his 110th and 111th goals for Portugal.
After scoring two late goals, Ronaldo took off his shirt to celebrate his goal and he received a booking in injury-time for his celebrations.
Ronaldo’s yellow card earned him a suspension which will make him miss Portugal’s trip to Azerbajian for their second World Cup qualifier next week, which was due to take place on Tuesday.
The suspension has now afforded Ronaldo the opportunity to return to Manchester and prepare himself for a debut against Newcastle next weekend.
Following his suspension, Portugal has now permitted the United summer signing to miss Saturday’s friendly against World Cup hosts Qatar in Hungary.
A statement on the Portuguese Football Federation’s official website released on Thursday said: “Cristiano Ronaldo was excused from the stage of the national team this Thursday.
“The yellow card seen against Ireland, being the second in this stage of qualification, forces him to fulfil an official game of suspension, which will happen against Azerbaijan.”
Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that Ronaldo landed at Manchester Airport on Thursday evening and was greeted on arrival at a private terminal by Darren Fletcher, his former team-mate and the club’s technical director.
Ronaldo must now isolate for five days according to UK law after travelling in from an amber list country, after United saw their request for an elite sportsman exemption rejected by the government.
Ronaldo will join training at Manchester United next week ahead of our home fixture against Newcastle United on September 11.