It’s official: Cristiano Ronaldo is the first player in history to score at five (yes, FIVE) FIFA World Cups.
The man who recently left Manchester United in acrimonious fashion opened the scoring for Portugal against Ghana on Thursday evening.
It came under rather controversial circumstances, though.
Fernando Santos’ side were struggling immensely to break down their stubborn opposition, particularly in what was a very dull first half.
But just past the hour mark at Stadium 974, Portugal were awarded a penalty after Ronaldo was ‘fouled’ by Southampton defender Mohammed Salisu.
To say it was soft would be an understatement.
There appeared to be minimal contact on Ronaldo and the 37-year-old appeared to throw himself to the floor dramatically.
However, VAR refused to step in and overturn the call made by the referee, as it was not a ‘clear and obvious’ error.
Take a look at the penalty debacle for yourself…
Video: Was it a foul on Ronaldo?
Yeah, that’s not a penalty, is it?
Portugal certainly had luck on their side there, although there was absolutely nothing lucky about Ronaldo’s emphatic penalty.
He’s a master from 12 yards and no goalkeeper in the world would have got anywhere near his rocket of a shot.
Video: Ronaldo’s penalty goal vs Ghana
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Not bad, Cristiano, not bad at all.
That’s now 118 international goals for the Real Madrid legend.
More to follow…
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