– Ali Mabkhout is a goal ahead of Lionel Messi on the international scene after scoring a brace against Malaysia
– The UAE star has 73 goals but remain 30 behind the all time top goalscorer and Portuguese talisman Cristiano Ronaldo
– The top three strikers will be busy in the international stage this summer with the Asian qualifiers, Euro 2020 and Copa America
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Ali Mabkhout is now the 2nd highest goalscorer at international level behind Cristiano Ronaldo after taking his tally to 73, Goal.
The United Arab Emirates striker scored a brace against Malaysia and have now surpassed Argentina’s Lionel Messi with just one strike.
Messi was also on target twice for his native country when they defeated Chile in a warm up friendly for the Copa America is now on 72 goals.
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Mabkhout and Messi will be slugging it out on the international scorers chart as the UAE forward will be preparing for the Asian World Cup qualifiers.
On the other hand, Messi will be featuring in the Copa America in a bid to win his first trophy for Argentina at international level and add to his goals for the Albiceleste.
Ronaldo who has 103 goals for Portugal will be leading his side in the Euro 2020 tournament but just before it kicks off, the Selecao will be hosting their Iberian neighbours Spain in a friendly.
The 36-year-old old is the joint highest scorer in the European championships and the Juventus striker will be looking to become the best of all the time when the tournament begins in the coming week.
Portugal will defend their title as they have been grouped alongside Hungary, Germany and France.
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Meanwhile, . had earlier reported that Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo and France legend Mitchel Platini are the all-time scorers of the European championships with 9 goals each.
While Ronaldo reached the landmark after 21 games, Platini scored the number of goals in just five matches at only one tournament.
However, while the Frenchman retired from football long ago, Ronaldo who captains Portugal to the forthcoming Euro 2020 now has a chance to become the outright all-time scorer at the competition if he gets a goal.