Ronaldo, 33, followed his hat trick in last Friday's 3-3 draw with Spain by scoring his 85th career goal for Portugal in the Russian capital to overtake Puskas, who played for Hungary from 1945 to 1956 and for whom Federation Internationale de Football Association has named its Goal of the Year Award.
Portugal's four points from their first two games mean they, too, are tantalisingly close to a place in the next round.
Three previous tournaments yielded a return of just three goals for the five-time world player of the year.
The victor of the group will face off against the runner-up of Group A, which will be either Russian Federation or Egypt, while the runner-up will face the victor of Group A.
Cape Town - Spain put their World Cup ambitions back on track with a hard fought 1-0 victory over Iran in a match that they certainly didn't have everything their own way.
Cristiano Ronaldo hasn't officially said he's engaged to baby mamaGeorgina Rodriguez. but her diamond ring was doing A LOT of talking at the Portugal game Wednesday in Russian Federation!
They qualified for the finals without conceding a goal in six matches yet somehow opted against marking the most unsafe attacker at the tournament in the six yard box when Joao Moutinho swung in a cross from a short corner and Ronaldo duly buried the header.
Iran's Ali Daei remains the all-time top scorer with an astonishing 109 goals.
But he believes the form of Ronaldo has piled it on even more.
Real Madrid star Ronaldo has three other children, his son Cristiano Junior, and new twins Eva and Mateo.
Messi now stars in an Adidas advert in which he poses with a real live goat, something which football fans think may have irked Ronaldo. The duo also faced off in the Uefa Champions League quarterfinal where Ronaldo notched up three goals in the two legged tie. "We knew how to suffer". Remember what his celebration was after the first goal he scored against Spain?