Cristiano Ronaldo overtakes Pele in list of all-time global goalscorers

Portugal vs Faroe Islands

Portugal have swept aside the Faroe Islands 5-1 to keep up the pressure on Switzerland in Thursday's World Cup Group B qualifier at the Estadio do Bessa XXI.

The group winners qualify for the World Cup in Russian Federation while the eight best second-placed teams in the nine groups go into a playoff round, with the Swiss having guaranteed at least runners-up spot. The runner-up has to go through a playoff.

Ronaldo netted with a neat volley from inside the area then added two other goals to lift his career tally to 78 and surpass the great Pele, who scored 77 for Brazil.

Following his triple strikes, Ronaldo moved clear of Sandor Kocsis, who is now in third place with 75 goals, and is now only six behind all-time record scorer Ferenc Puskas on 84 strikes, as confirmed by UEFA.

Ronaldo, a Euro 2016 victor with Portugal previous year and a four-time Champions League victor with Real Madrid and Manchester United, has now outdone the Brazilian icon on the goal front. "The team is playing well and we are still alive".

France regained control of its World Cup destiny with a comfortable victory that started with a goal from Antoine Griezmann and ended with the first worldwide goals by promising youngsters Thomas Lemar and Kylian Mbappe.

He now has 14 goals in the qualifying round from seven matches taking his total to 78 global goals in 144 matches.

Switzerland overcame poor pitch conditions in St. Gallen to defeat Andorra for its seventh straight victory in Group B. The second half also was delayed. Third-placed Hungary beat Latvia 3-1 to reach 10 points. And Belgium embarrassed Gibraltar 9-0 on Thursday, reports Efe.

Paris Saint-Germain's Meunier had three goals and three assists and Romelu Lukaku added three goals of his own in an overall demonstration of flicks, backheels and superior moves.

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