Cristiano Ronaldo made even more history by becoming the first man to score in five World Cups after scoring against Ghana.
The goal was Ronaldo’s eighth of the finals and he scored his first goal of this season’s finals from the penalty spot after going down under a challenge from Mohammed Salisu.
That puts him level with Diego Maradona, Rivaldo and Rudi Voller in the all-time top scorer list, but he still has eight goals fewer than Miroslav Klose with his previously unmatched 16 goals.
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Ronaldo is currently a free agent after reaching an amicable agreement to end his contract with Manchester United following a explosive interview with Piers Morgan.
The Portugal captain took no prisoners in a revealing chat with the TalkTV host, all of which heavily criticized Erik ten Hag, the Glazers and Wayne Rooney. However, the 37-year-old is now making headlines for what he does best, producing on the football field.
He scored his first goal on football’s greatest stage on 17 June 2006, when he scored in a 2-0 group stage win against Iran, which turned out to be his only goal in a tournament which Portugal defeated in the semifinals France failed.
Four years later, then at Real Madrid, he found the goal and provided an assist in Portugal’s 7-0 win over North Korea. It would prove an otherwise disappointing finals for Ronaldo and company in South Africa after failing to score in any of their other three games of the tournament.
They lost 1-0 to neighbors and eventual world champions Spain, securing their first World Cup triumph.
His third appearance at the finals in Brazil was even more disappointing as he faced elimination from the group stage. After a 4-0 win over eventual winners Germany, Ronaldo requested an assist for Silvestre Varela to save Portugal from blushing and gave them a last-minute equalizer in a 2-2 draw with USA.
That heavy opening defeat by Germany proved costly and although Ronaldo scored in a 2-1 win against Ghana, Paulo Bento’s side finished third and were eliminated from the competition on goal difference.
Ronaldo’s love affair with the World Cup had not yet begun en route to the finals in Russia 2018, and this time it was another disappointing round of 16 under the guidance of Fernando Santos.
Arguably his most impressive performance at the finals to date came in a 3-3 draw against Spain, when the skipper scored a hat-trick and scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win over Morocco.
Second place was secured after a 1-1 draw with Iran, but Portugal fell to Uruguay in the second round, leaving Ronaldo still in search of a first World Cup win throughout his stellar career.
Time will tell if he breaks his duck in Qatar in what will surely be his last dance in the Middle East.
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