Cristiano Ronaldo made historical past on Thursday as the primary male participant to attain in 5 World Cups in Portugal’s debut in Qatar towards Ghana.
The Portugal captain scored within the sixty fifth minute from the penalty spot – his nation’s 118th purpose – to open the scoring at Doha’s 974 Stadium. Portugal received 3-2 with targets from João Félix and Rafael Leão serving to to beat two late efforts by Ghana.
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Ronaldo, 37, is essentially the most prolific goalscorer in males’s worldwide soccer and has made a file 18 appearances for Portugal at a World Cup.
“It is a lovely second, in my fifth World Cup. We received, we began with the precise foot, a vital victory”, stated Ronaldo in regards to the milestone. “We all know that in these competitions successful the primary recreation is key. One other file too, the one participant to attain in 5 consecutive World Cups, that for me is a supply of nice satisfaction.
“I’m very completely happy that the workforce had a wonderful efficiency. Troublesome however honest victory.
“The vital factor was that the workforce received. [Manchester United] chapter is closed, and the main target is solely and completely on the World Cup. As I stated, we wished to begin off on the precise foot. We received, we performed properly, I helped the workforce. Every part else will not be vital. The vital factor is the choice.”
His newest milestone got here after he left Manchester United by “mutual settlement” earlier this week following an explosive TV interview by which he criticized the membership and supervisor Erik ten Hag.
The ahead made his debut for Portugal in 2003 and scored his first purpose 10 months later, in a Euro 2004 group stage recreation towards Greece.
His first World Cup purpose, in 2006, was a penalty in a 2-0 victory over Iran. His subsequent World Cup purpose got here 4 years later in South Africa, in a 7-0 thrashing of North Korea. Ronaldo additionally scored in Portugal’s 2-1 victory over Ghana on the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, however his aspect confronted disappointment as they have been knocked out within the group stage.
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The primary participant to attain in 5 World Cups, males’s or girls’s, was Marta in 2019, and Christine Sinclair equaled the feat in the identical 12 months.
Ronaldo’s most profitable World Cup marketing campaign was in 2018 in Russia, the place he scored 4 targets, together with a hat-trick in a 3-3 draw with Spain. The final of those targets got here within the 88th minute, a 25-yard free-kick that flew into the highest left nook previous United teammate David de Gea.
Portugal’s greatest efficiency below Ronaldo was on the 2006 World Cup, when it completed fourth.
By scoring his eighth World Cup purpose in Thursday’s Group H recreation towards Ghana, he’s one purpose away from equaling the nation’s file within the competitors, set by Portugal legend Eusébio. Eusébio helped Portugal attain third place on the 1966 World Cup in London, the place they completed prime scorer with 9 targets.
Ronaldo’s best second in worldwide soccer got here when he captained Portugal to Euro 2016 glory towards hosts France in a 1-0 victory. It was Portugal’s first main title, adopted by UEFA Nations League glory three years later.
Cristiano Ronaldo wrote on Instagram: “A vital victory in our debut on the World Cup, however nothing is received! It was simply step one! We stay centered on pursuing our targets. Energy Portugal!”