CR7 scores cheeky chip to get goal number 699

Cristiano Ronaldo moved to within six goals of his global century when he scored in a 3-0 win over Luxembourg on Friday which kept the defending champions on course for the Euro 2020 finals.

Cristiano Ronaldo evolved from CR7 into CR700 on Friday night, bagging his country's second goal in their comfortable win, appropriate doing it in his former home, at Sporting's Estadio Jose Alvalade.

Ronaldo's strike was also his 94th worldwide goal, with the Portugal captain bidding to become only the second player after Iran's Ali Daei to reach a century for his country.

Manchester City's Bernardo Silva opened the scoring before Ronaldo chipped over Anthony Moris.

Cristiano came on for the second half though, and his arrival changed things.

Goncalo Guedes wrapped up the win a minute from time, but Ukraine's 2-0 success over Lithuania ensured they retained their cushion at the top of the group.

While records for previous generations are sketchier, it is believed that the Czech Republic's Josef Bican scored 805 official goals between 1931 and 1955.

Portugal remain second in Group B, five points behind Ukraine, but four points clear of Serbia in third. Retired striker Pauleta is second on the list, scoring 47 goals for Portugal.

Ronaldo will have the chance to break the 700 barrier when he travels with his team to face Ukraine in Kiev on Monday.

The 34-year-old is now just 15 goals behind the all-time worldwide record of 109 held by former Iran striker Ali Daei.