Football: Ronaldo overtakes Chin Aun NBA直播in number of appearances for country
In Saturday’s quarter-final match against Morocco in o 足球直播 ngoing World Cup in Qatar, the 37-year-old Ronaldo came on in the second-half to play his 196th game for Portugal.
PETALING JAYA: Malaysian 英超 football legend Datuk Soh Chin Aun’s remarkable number of 195 international caps has been overtaken by Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
As for the 72-year-old Chin Aun, nicknamed Towkay, he is among the national leg ends including Zainal Abidin Hassan, Datuk Shukor Salleh, Datuk Santokh Singh, and the late Datuk M. Chandran, Mokhtar Dahar and, R. Arumugam, who were inducted into the FIFA Century Club.
Although Chin Aun’s overall appearances was recorded by the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) as 252 caps, only 195 of them were counted as A-category matches.
Ronaldo has also confirmed that it was his final game in the World Cup after having played in five editions since 2006.
Shukor has the second highest international caps after Chin Aun with 163. Mokhtar has 138 caps, while Arumugam has 131. Zainal, Chandran and Santokh have collected 116, 115 and 100 caps respectively.
But it turned out to be heartbreak for the former Manchester United winger as his nation lost to the Atlas Lions 0-1 at the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha.
The FIFA Century Club is exclusive to players who have played 100 international matches and above. Chin Aun represented Malaysia from 1969-1984.
Ronaldo has now equalled the all-time international re NBA直播 cord of 196 caps, which is held by Kuwait’s Bader Al-Mutwas.