Cristiano Ronaldo achieved a personal milestone in scoring his 700th goal in Portugal, 2-1 loss against Ukraine in the Euro 2020 qualifiers last October 14th at the Olympic National Sports Complex in Kiev, Ukraine.

Ronaldo recorded his 700th goal in the 72nd minute through a penalty kick to become the sixth professional football player to reach the 700th goal barrier, joining the likes of Romario, Josef Bican, Gerd Muller, Pele, and Ferenc Puskas.

“How many records do I have? I don’t know. I have to enjoy the moment and thank those who helped me reach this impressive mark,”  said Ronaldo via CNN after managing to score the 700th goal of his professional football career in just 974 games.

Ronaldo scored 95 goals from Portugal, found the back of the net 450 times for Real Madrid, tallied 118 goals for Manchester United and fired five goals for Sporting CP.

He scored 32 goals so far for Juventus after joining the club in July 2018.

“Records come naturally – I don’t go looking for them; records are looking for me,’’ Ronaldo added as he is the leading scorer among active players with FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, coming in second with 672 goals in 828 game appearances.

 

Jill Ellis recognize in last game as US women’s soccer coach

 

In her last game as coach of the US women’s soccer team, Jill Ellis was honored in her contribution in the US women’s soccer program during its international friendly against South Korea last October 7th at Soldiers Field in Chicago.

Ellis was given a big jersey with a number written 132 during the halftime, which symbolizes the matches won by the American mentor in her two stints as US women’s soccer coach, first as interim coach in 2012 and later on, taking the job on a permanent basis in 2014.

She guided the United States into two consecutive FIFA World Cup titles in 2015 and 2019 and was hailed as FIFA World Women’s Coach of the Year in the same year the Americans won the World Cup titles.

“When you get in the moment, you kind of push through, but when I was high-fiving the players on the way out onto the field I got kind of choked up,” Ellis said via The Associated Press

“My legacy, that’s someone else’s narrative to write,” Ellis added in the same article after the Americans 1-1 draw against the Koreans. “It’s not about me writing my legacy or what I hope it to be. I’ve tried to always give everything I have to this job and with passion. I feel good about that. “The best part of this job is building relationships. I’m not going to remember games so much as I’m going to remember all these people who helped me get where I am.”

“A lot, I think,”  US women’s soccer co-captain Megan Rapinoe said in the same article. “It’s such an intimate environment in so many ways. You’re with these people more than anyone else and in a very vulnerable way. Everyone’s doing it to reach this one goal, and everything’s stripped away.

‘’There’s no room for ego or personal achievements. Everyone has to be on board. Having all of that, it’s tough to lose someone. Jill, being the leader of our team, all she’s led us through, all the wins, the ups and downs, the different lineups and formations and doubts, and to accomplish our goal, it’s something really special.”

“It would have been nice to send Jill out with another win,” US women’s co-captain Carli Lloyd said in the Associated Press article on Elli’s last game as US women’s soccer coach and the result of the game.

“It’s been a long, tough year for everybody but those last few minutes were exciting. We’ve won a ton with her.”

Until now, the US Soccer Federation is still not naming the replacement for Ellis.

 

Quote sources:

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/10/15/football/cristiano-ronaldo-700-portugal-sergio-ramos-168-spt-intl/index.html

https://apnews.com/6a72be7d433a42ee895aa8b8b093a7c2