Ronaldo was already one of only two men with a century of goals to his name and now sits alongside Iran’s Ali Daei atop the all-time list.
Here, the PA news agency takes a statistical look at the Portugal star’s scoring record.
How he compares
Ronaldo’s first 50 goals came in 114 caps, with 59 in 64 since including his second half-century at a goal a game. His total of 178 games to reach his record total compares to 149 for Daei.
Daei congratulated Ronaldo on Instagram, saying he is “honoured” that his record will pass to a “great champion of football”.
Lithuania and Sweden have been on the receiving end of most Ronaldo goals – seven, after he scored four times against Lithuania in Vilnius and three in the return in Faro during Euro 2020 qualifying.
He has six against Luxembourg, Hungary and Andorra and five each against Latvia, Armenia and Sweden and has scored against 44 different international opponents in all, having added Germany and France to that list in the last week.
His total against Andorra also includes a four-goal performance, in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, while he has further hat-tricks against Northern Ireland, Sweden, Armenia, the Faroe Islands, Spain and Switzerland and has scored twice in a match against Hungary on three separate occasions.
Other than that treble against Northern Ireland in qualification for the 2014 World Cup, his only goal against the home nations came against Wales at Euro 2016.