Portugal captain, Cristiano Ronaldo has sent a heartfelt message to Kuwait legend, Bade Al Motawaa after surpassing his tally for most appearances in the history of international football.
Ronaldo was tied with Al Motawaa with 196 appearances on the international stage before Portugal’s clash against Liechtenstein in the UEFA Euro 2024 qualification match.
The Al-Nassr forward surpassed the tally as he captained Portugal and scored two goals to lead his country to a 4-0 victory over Liechtenstein.
After the match, Al Motawaa shared a message with Ronaldo that read:
“I’m very honoured to have represented my country in 196 international matches, and I am grateful for the privilege of becoming the most-capped men’s player. I am glad that the record will now be passed onto Cristiano Ronaldo.
“You are truly a legend and an idol to every football player. I wish you best of luck and many more amazing achievements.”
Responding, Ronaldo wrote on Twitter: “Thank you for your kind words @bader_almotawaa! It’s an honor to become the most capped men’s player. All the best for you too.”
Ronaldo has so far scored 120 international goals in 197 appearances for Portugal. Al Motawaa scored 56 goals in 196 appearances for Kuwait.