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Cristiano Ronaldo sets new World Cup record for Portugal

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Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Group H - Portugal v Ghana - Stadium 974, Doha, Qatar - November 24, 2022 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Hannah Mckay
Cristiano Ronaldo’s scored in Portugal’s World Cup opener against Ghana (Reuters)

Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first player in history to score at five men’s World Cup tournaments.

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The 37-year-old, who had his contract terminated by Manchester United this week, put Portugal in front from the penalty spot during their World Cup opener against Ghana on Thursday evening.

Before the game, Ronaldo was one of five players who have found the net at in four different World Cups alongside Lionel Messi, Miroslav Klose, Uwe Seeler and Pele.

But Ronaldo’s goal against Ghana means he has now made history by being the only player score in five World Cups.


Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Group H - Portugal v Ghana - Stadium 974, Doha, Qatar - November 24, 2022 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo scores their first goal from the penalty spot REUTERS/Marko Djurica
Cristiano Ronaldo put Portugal in front against Ghana from the penalty spot (Reuters)


Portugal's forward #07 Cristiano Ronaldo (R) celebrates after scoring a penalty shot during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group H football match between Portugal and Ghana at Stadium 974 in Doha on November 24, 2022. (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP) (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP via Getty Images)
Cristiano Ronaldo hit his trademark celebration after making history (AFP via Getty)

Ronaldo’s first goal at a World Cup came in 2006 as he scored a penalty against Iran.

In 2010, Ronaldo scored in a 7-0 win over North Korea and in 2014, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner struck a late winner against Ghana, although Portugal crashed out at the group stage.

Ronaldo’s best World Cup so far was in 2014 as he scored a hat-trick in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Spain and netted the winner in a 1-0 victory over Morocco.



PLAYERS WHO HAVE SCORED IN DIFFERENT WORLD CUPS

  • 5 – Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018, 2022
  • 4 – Pele (Brazil) 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970
  • 4 – Uwe Seeler <...

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