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

Andre Silva Cristiano Ronaldo- cropped

Portugal needed a Cristiano Ronaldo hat trick to draw with Spain in their first Group B game of the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his fourth goal of the World Cup to become the second-highest goalscorer in men's worldwide soccer and, in the process, earn Portugal a nervy 1-0 win over Morocco.

Portugal star's 85th goal includes five hat-tricks, 14 braces, 38 goals in separate matches and one match where he scored four goals in a single match.

Cristiano Ronaldo becomes Europe's all-time leading scorer in worldwide football as he registers in Portugal's 1-0 win over Morocco at the 2018 World Cup.

Spain´s midfielder Andres Iniesta (L) and coach Fernando Hierro attend a press conference in Kazan on June 19, 2018 ahead of their Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group B football match against Iran.

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The result puts Portugal, with four points from two games, in a strong position to progress from Group B while Morocco's hopes of reaching the last 16 is over after a second defeat in as many games.

Mehdi Benatia forced a smart low save from Rui Patricio at a corner for Morocco, before Hakim Ziyach skipped his way into the Portugal area, his goal-bound effort blocked by an outstretched leg.

Portugal once again relied upon Ronaldo to produce their best moments and the weaknesses evident throughout the rest of Santos' team belie their pre-tournament billing as one of the favourites.

Their record-breaking captain ended the first round of fixtures as the tournament's top goalscorer following his hat-trick against Spain in their opening fixture and will be looking to cause more harm when his side meet Morocco.

"If the game against Morocco was the World Cup final for us, the game against Spain will be the Universe Cup final", said the former Real Madrid coach.

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Live Stream: Watch live on fuboTV. Portugal did just that early on.

Portuguese defender, Pepe has been speaking ahead of the game and he is full of praise for his Cristiano Ronaldo.

And the Real Madrid man is now only behind Iran legend Ali Daei (109 goals) in the all-time rankings.

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