At 33 Years, Alex Morgan Stands Level With Cristiano Ronaldo in International Goal Tally

Published 09/03/2021, 8:36 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Soccer Football – Women – Quarterfinal – Netherlands v United States – International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama, Japan – July 30, 2021. Alex Morgan of the United States REUTERS/Christian Hartmann


After winning two World Cups and three Olympic medals, the USWNT team is about to enter its rebuilding phase. The Golden Generation seems to be fading as new soccer stars are coming to the forefront. Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd, and Alex Morgan have been the stars of the team. However, Lloyd will retire soon leaving a huge gap to fill. But in terms of goal scoring, Alex Morgan is close as well. In the meantime, Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal entered the all-time top 10 list of goal scorers for international teams.

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Scoring 111 goals, Ronaldo is tied with Morgan but is placed on top having played three games fewer than her. Both of them occupy the 9th position on the table.

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Ronaldo shares the stage with Alex Morgan

After scoring two goals against Ireland in the World Cup Qualifiers, Ronaldo passed Iran’s Ali Daei as the top goal scorer in the men’s division. He is placed 9th in the all-time list of international goals scored by soccer players.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Soccer Football – Women – Quarterfinal – Netherlands v United States – International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama, Japan – July 30, 2021. Alex Morgan of the United States in action with Stefanie van der Gragt of the Netherlands REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Canadian legend, Christine Sinclair leads the pack with an astonishing 187 goals from 303 appearances. Abby Wambach from the USA is just three goals below the Canadian superstar. What’s more impressive is Abby scored 184 goals from 256 appearances. 0.7 goals per game.

Iconic USA player Mia Hamm comes in third while Carli Lloyd occupies the 5th position with 128 goals. Lloyd will retire after USWNT’s friendly matches this fall. CR7 and Morgan share the 9th position with 111 goals each.

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Morgan and CR7 are big-game players

Morgan and Ronaldo are both players who influence matches with their magical technique and determination.

There are no other players who come from the bench and provide the sort of impact that Alex Morgan does. She has scored important goals in different stages of her career. The 2012 London Olympics in fact may be her biggest contribution. During the semi-finals against Canada, she scored a stunning header in the 123rd minute to win the match for the USA. After that, she went on and assisted Carli Lloyd’s goal against Japan in the final. She is a big-game player. No doubt in that.

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Similarly, Ronaldo is not a stranger to that cause either. Time after time he produces moments of magic on the pitch. The free-kick against Spain in the 2018 World Cup is synonymous with his incredible career. Scoring goals in the Champions League finals for Real Madrid proves why he is one of the best soccer players in the world.

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The two have had incredible careers. They will certainly go down as few of the best players in the game’s history. Till then, let’s enjoy their talents.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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