At just 27, Cristiano Ronaldo received his UEFA 100-cap award of a plaque and cap before Portugal's FIFA World Cup qualifying Group F fixture against Northern Ireland in Porto.
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Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo is the latest player to be honoured by UEFA having made a century of international appearances.
Ronaldo brought up his hundred at the age of 27 in Portugal's 1-1 FIFA World Cup qualifying draw with Northern Ireland in Porto on Tuesday. The Real Madrid CF man attained the milestone little more than nine years after making his debut, and is the third youngest European ever to reach three figures, after Germany's Lukas Podolski and Estonia's Kristen Viikmäe. He has featured at UEFA EURO 2004 on home soil – where he helped Portugal to the final – UEFA EURO 2008, UEFA EURO 2012, and the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.
Ronaldo captained Portugal for the first time in 2007, aged 22, and proceeded to score eight goals in UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying. He added another seven to fire Portugal to this summer's finals in Poland and Ukraine, where he produced several virtuoso displays to drive his country to the semi-finals. He was subsequently named in the UEFA EURO 2012 Team of the Tournament, having also made the cut eight years before.
Ronaldo has racked up 37 international goals in his century of matches, leaving him ten behind all-time leading scorer Pauleta. Luís Figo remains Portugal's most-capped player, having represented the national side on 127 occasions.
"I remember it was on 20 August 2003 against Kazakhstan that I first pulled on the Portuguese jersey in a senior international," Ronaldo wrote on his Facebook page. "It was one of the most memorable moments of my life and began a journey that I have been proud to make. I would like to thank everyone who helped me along the way to reaching this milestone.
"As the teams were coming onto the pitch last night the Portuguese fans at the stadium unfurled a banner that read: '100 games, the best player in the world.'"