Stern John, currently assistant coach to his native Trinidad and Tobago Men’s football team, stands seventh highest international goalscorer with 70 goals from 115 matches, enjoying high end ranking with the likes of Brazilian world great Pele, Hungarian Ferenc Puskas and Iran’s Ali Daei.
Yesterday the list of Top international association football goal scorers by country had a move of significance as Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo recorded a hat trick in his country’s World Cup qualifier yesterday to pass Pele.
Ronaldo three goals in Portugal’s 5-1 win over Faroe Islands took him to 78, surpassing the 77 that Pele scored for Brazil from 1957-71.
However, Ronaldo needed 144 games to accomplish the feat, while Pele played in just 92.
It was Ronaldo’s fifth hat trick for his country, all of which have come in official qualifiers for major tournaments. He has 43 hat tricks in his club career.
He is now just six back of Puskas for the most international goals by a European player. His first goal broke a tie for second with Hungary’s Sandor Kocsis.
Iran’s Ali Daei is the top men’s career international goal scorer with 109 goals in 149 games.
TT’s John who made his international debut for Trinidad and Tobago on 15 February 1995 against Finland in a Friendly match at the Queen’s Park Oval, scoring one goal on his debut, is also the all-time top CONCACAF goal scorer.
He is currently the second most capped Trinidad and Tobago international behind former teammate Angus Eve. He was the only player to score in 12 consecutive international matches, from 1998 to 1999.
He serves in tonight’s TT versus Honduras World Cup qualifier at the Ato Boldon Stadium.
And in South America ‘s ten-nation World Cup qualifying action yesterday, already qualified Brazil beat eighth-placed Ecuador 2-nil, second-placed Colombia drew goalless with last-placed venezuela, third Uruguay and dicey fifth Argentina with Lionel Messi also drew goalless, fourth Chile lost three-nil to seventh Paraguay and sixth Peru edged 9th Bolivia 2-1.
All ten – top four automatic for Russia – in action again Tuesday – Argentina versus Venezuela, Colombia hosting Brazil.