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Ryan Giggs tips Cristiano Ronaldo to break international scoring record

Ryan Giggs tips Cristiano Ronaldo to break international scoring record
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The Portugal forward is eight goals away from equalling the international best mark of 109.

Ryan Giggs believes his former Manchester United team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo will play to the age of 40 and set an international goal-scoring record that will never be broken.

Ronaldo became the first European male player to score 100 international goals during Portugal's 2-0 Nations League win in Sweden on Tuesday.

The 35-year-old Juventus star's double took him to 101 goals in 165 appearances for Portugal and within eight of equalling the international record of Iran's Ali Daei, who scored 109 goals in 149 games.

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Cristiano Ronaldo (left) and Ryan Giggs shared great times at Manchester United together (Martin Rickett/PA)

"I think Cristiano will break that record," Giggs told the PA news agency.

"He'll have to be at the right club obviously. I was at a top club and played until I was 40, and I can see him going on and playing until he's 40 as well.

"He looks after himself – he eats right, rests right and lives for the game – and is the best professional I ever played with."

Ronaldo joined United from Sporting Lisbon as an 18-year-old in 2003 when Giggs was in his prime at Old Trafford.

The pair won three Premier League titles, one Champions League and various domestic cup competitions together before Ronaldo joined Real Madrid in 2009 for a then-world record transfer fee of £80million.

Ronaldo has now scored over 700 senior goals for club and country.

"I saw him at the start of his career and you could never foresee him going on to score this amount of goals," said Wales manager Giggs, speaking at the relaunch of the McDonald's Fun Football programme which will see the company provide over five million hours of free football to five to 11-year-olds by 2022.

"He was a talent and a brilliant player who excited you. Cristiano was always a student of the game, and just like me he always looking for that extra edge.

"He was always in the gym and had it in his mind how good he could be. He scored 40 goals in one season at United and since then what he's done is remarkable.

"The numbers he's banging out is incredible, it's every type of goal."

Giggs admitted that when he attended the 2017 Champions League final between Real Madrid, who Ronaldo was playing for at the time, and Juventus in Cardiff he kept his gaze on the Portuguese.

Juventus v Real Madrid – UEFA Champions League – Final – National Stadium
Ryan Giggs said he spent the 2017 Champions League final between Real Madrid and Juventus watching Cristiano Ronaldo (Nick Potts/PA)

"I hadn't seen him live for a long time, so I just watched him," Giggs said.

"He hardly did anything but when the ball came to him around the box he just came alive.

"He was such a threat, whether it be headers, free-kicks or just in general play. That's why he scores so many goals."

:: Wales manager Ryan Giggs was relaunching McDonald's Fun Football programme, which offers fun, free and safe football sessions for children age 5-11. To find your nearest Fun Football Centre and to sign up for a session, go to:

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Sunday's key events

· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also in the semi-finals of the men's light heavyweight and will be looking to continue Team GB's success in the ring (4.51am)

· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

· The men's high jump final includes GB's Tom Gale, although his chances of a medal look bleak (11.10am)
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· Great Britain face India in the men's quarter-final (1pm)

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