Cristiano Ronaldo entered the history of the World Cup from its widest gates, after he became the first player to score goals in five finals of the most prominent tournament in football.
The Portuguese star scored his country’s first goal against his Ghanaian opponent in an exciting match that ended in favor of “Brazil Europe” with three goals for two in Group H.
Ronaldo’s goal against Ghana is his eighth in the World Cup, after his first goal that came against Iran in the group stage of the 2006 edition, and the second in the 2010 World Cup against North Korea, and also a goal against Ghana in 2014 in Brazil.
Ronaldo’s biggest score was in the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where he scored four goals, three of them against Spain, before scoring a goal that led his country to victory over Morocco.
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In another record, Ronaldo became the second oldest player to score in the World Cup (37 years and 292 days), behind Cameroonian Roger Milla, who visited Russia in the 1994 World Cup at the age of 42 years and 29 days.
Ronaldo’s goal also contributed to Portugal’s victory in its first opening match, after two draws and a defeat in the last three matches.
Ronaldo aspires that these unique numbers give him a moral motivation to continue to shine and move forward towards achieving a title that is the most prominent thing he lacks in his coffers full of individual and collective achievements at the level of clubs and teams.
Portugal will play its next match against Uruguay next Monday, before facing South Korea in the final round of the group stage.