Cristiano Ronaldo summed up his character in footage of him the Portugal team bus on his record-breaking night.
The 36-year-old’s nation beat the Republic of Ireland 2-1 thanks to two of late trademark headers, having missed a penalty in the first half.
Ireland goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu, who is just 19 and on loan at Portsmouth from Manchester United, saved the powerful spot-kick but could not prevent Manchester United’s new signing from making more positive headlines and giving Portugal all three points in their World Cup qualifier.
The Group A clash took place in Algarve and Ronaldo needed one goal to better former Iran striker Ali Deai’s record of 109 international strikes in the men’s game.
Post-match, football fans were in awe of his ‘inevitable’ nature after coming up trumps at a decisive moment once again, and the talismanic captain was even wrapped up in the elation himself.
TNT Sports of Brazil showed Ronaldo watching his history-making goals back on his phone, basking in the glory and once again silencing the naysayers to break Irish hearts.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner wrote on Instagram : “I can’t even start to express myself in words! I’m thrilled with an overwhelming sensation!
“From all the records that I have broken during my career – and fortunately there have been a few – this one is very special for me and it’s certainly on the shelf of the achievements that make me truly proud.
He added: “But finally and above all, because scoring 111 goals for Portugal means 111 moments like the ones we experienced today in Algarve, moments of worldwide union and happiness for millions and millions of Portuguese citizens all around the Globe.
“For them, every sacrifice is worth it.
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“Another reason for me to appreciate this achievement as much as I do right now, is because Ali Daei has set the standards in such a high level, that at some point even I started thinking that I might never catch him.” Ronaldo admitted.
“Congratulations to the “Shariar” for holding the record for so long and thanks for always showing so much respect for me every time I scored and as I became closer and closer to his outstanding number.
He also noted in ominous fashion: “I’m not closing the count just yet…”
Bazunu’s penalty heroics for the Republic almost derailed the night, having pulled off a stunning save to stop Ronaldo from breaking the record much earlier in the night.
In a 43-second interview with RTE, he said of his miss: “I still believed until the end of the game and I’m so glad to score and to win the game.”
“It’s part of the game, it’s part of the business. Sometimes you score, sometimes you make a mistake, but it’s part of the business.”
On the record-breaking goal and three points, he added: “[I am] so happy, I’m very happy, not only because I beat the record but because of the special moments that we had, [it was] so tough but I have to appreciate what the team did, we believed until the end.
“For the supporters, I’m so glad.”