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Cristiano Ronaldo becomes the first man to score in 5 World Cups

Cristiano Ronaldo made history on Thursday as the first male player to score in five World Cups in Portugal’s opening match in Qatar against Ghana.

Portugal’s captain scored from the penalty spot in the 65th minute – his country’s 118th goal – to open the scoring at Doha’s Stadium 974. Portugal went on to win 3-2 as goals from Joao Felix and Raphael Leo helped them get through two late attempts from Ghana.

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Ronaldo, 37, is the most prolific goalscorer in international men’s football and has made a record 18 appearances for Portugal at a World Cup.

“It’s a great moment, in my fifth World Cup. We won, we started well, a very important win,” said Ronaldo. said about the milestone. “We know that in these competitions winning the first game is crucial. Another record too, being the only player to score in five consecutive World Cups, that is a cause for great pride for me.

“I am very happy for the team to have delivered an excellent performance. Difficult, but fair victory.

“The most important thing was that the team won. The [Manchester United] chapter is closed and the focus is solely and exclusively on the World Cup. Like I said, we wanted to start off on the right foot. We won, we played well, I helped the team. Everything else is not important. The most important thing is the national team.”

His latest milestone comes after he left Manchester United in “mutual agreement” earlier this week following an explosive TV interview in which he criticized the club and coach Erik ten Hag.

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The striker made his debut in Portugal in 2003 and scored his first goal 10 months later in a Euro 2004 group stage match against Greece.

His first World Cup goal, in 2006, came from the penalty spot in a 2-0 win over Iran. His next World Cup goal came four years later in South Africa in a 7–0 defeat of North Korea. Ronaldo also scored in Portugal’s 2–1 win over Ghana at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but his side were disappointed when they were knocked out in the group stage.

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The first player to score in five World Cups, men’s or women’s was Martha in 2019, and Christine Sinclair matched the feat that same year.

Ronaldo’s most successful World Cup campaign was in Russia in 2018, where he scored four goals, including a hat-trick in a 3-3 draw with Spain. The last of those goals came in the 88th minute, a 25-yard free-kick that flew past United teammate into the top left corner. David deGa.

Portugal’s best performance with Ronaldo was the 2006 World Cup, when they finished fourth.

Scoring his eighth goal in a World Cup in Thursday’s Group H match against Ghana puts him one stroke away from equaling the national league record set by Portuguese legend Eusebio. Eusebio helped Portugal reach third place at the 1966 World Cup in London, where he finished as top scorer with nine goals.

Ronaldo’s finest hour in international football came when he led Portugal to Euro 2016 glory against hosts France in a 1-0 victory. It was Portugal’s first major title, followed by victory in the UEFA Nations League three years later.

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Cristiano Ronaldo wrote on Instagram: “Very important win in our World Cup opener but nothing was won! It was only the first step! We remain focused on pursuing our goals. Good luck Portugal!”

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