Cristiano Ronaldo cantered some amazing history in World Cup, on Thursday, where Portugal defeated Ghana 3-2. The 37-year-old star delivered a goal from the penalty spot to help his team take the lead over the opponents.
Ronaldo becomes the first player in history to score in five different World Cup formats
With that shot, Ronaldo becomes the first player in men’s history to have scored a goal in five different editions of the World Cup. That’s an incredible feat indeed, that wasn’t even attained by all-time greats like Diego Maradona, Pele, or Gerd Muller.
He’s the third player overall to get to that height, the first two being Christine Sinclair and Marta achieving that in Women’s football.
Adding that goal in Ronaldo’s goal bucket, his total numbers stand at 118 in international matches. The Portugal legend said after the game,
“This was a beautiful moment. The world record, the only player to score in five World Cups, makes me very proud.”
The Portuguese forward started his journey in World Cup 2006 in Germany. In that edition, he scored his first goal against Iran. Since then, he has scored in every World Cup held in South Africa, Brazil, and now in Qatar, respectively.
Amidst controversies with Manchester United, Ronaldo’s goal shifted the whole focus to soccer again. Following Ronaldo’s interview with Piers Morgan, where he criticized the club, the latter ended the deal with him this Tuesday.
Ronaldo seems to be very satisfied with the performance and will look forward to the next games.
“The important thing was that the team won.”
He said after the match. He also added that the Manchester United chapter is closed, and the entire focus is on the World Cup. He’s contented that the team played well, he contributed, and that they’re up with a positive start.
Portugal now stands number 1 in Group H with three points ahead of Uruguay and South Korea who had a tie, earning one point each. Their next fixture is on Monday against Uruguay.