Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo becomes Europe's top scorer in internationals

Cristiano Ronaldo in training

Cristiano Ronaldo has shone in Russia while other stars have gone missing Credit afp

The in-form Real Madrid star has netted four goals in two matches for his national team at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, while his FC Barcelona rival has failed to open his account thus far.

Cristiano Ronaldo broke the record for most worldwide goals scored by a European player on Wednesday, as he found the net in the fourth minute of Portugal's World Cup match against Morocco.

Cape Town - Spain put their World Cup ambitions back on track with a hard fought 1-0 victory over Iran in a match that they certainly didn't have everything their own way.

Ahead of him, only Iran's Ali Daei, whose seemingly unbreakable total of 109 looks that little bit more vulnerable now.

Santos said in a pre-World Cup press conference yesterday that his team has "to show Morocco respect because they are an excellent team". He knows himself and he knows what he can do.

On Friday, the Portugal captain celebrated his opening goal against Spain with a "goat beard" brush to the chin, a gesture which was interpreted by some as a dig at the Argentinian forward.

"We did well defensively, but we need more than that".

"Nothing is set in stone", he added. The result means that the North African side are eliminated at the group stages.

According to the coach, "No World Cup match is easy even against teams that are theoretically weaker". We have players with a lot of skills and speed.

Renard said Morocco will attempt to bow out with "flying colours" against Spain next Monday, as he reflected fondly on his time in charge of the Atlas Lions.

"Two years ago we started a new journey, we were ranked 81st".

The Saudis have now lost 10 and drawn two of their last 12 World Cup games, failing to score in nine of those matches.

"I think they just respect each other and get on with it".

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