Ronaldo scored in five World Cups

DOHA: Cristiano Ronaldo made more history in his career by becoming the first player to score in five World Cups after he scored in Portugal’s 3-2 win over Ghana in Group H.

The goal was Ronaldo’s eighth in his World Cup collection and it came from the penalty spot after he was brought down by Ghanaian defender Mohammed Salisu.

The goal brought him level with Diego Maradona, Rivaldo and Rudi Voller on the all-time top scorers list, but still a long way behind Miroslav Klose’s record of 16 goals.

Ronaldo is now a free agent after he reached a mutual agreement to terminate his contract at Manchester United following a heated interview with Piers Morgan.

Ronaldo’s first goal on the World Cup stage came on 17 June 2006 when he scored in a 2–0 group stage win over Iran, his only goal of the tournament which saw Portugal lose to France in the semi-finals.

Four years later, he also scored as Portugal thrashed North Korea 7-0 although the edition in South Africa was a disappointing mission for them as they failed to score in the next three games.

At the next World Cup in 2014 in Brazil, Ronaldo scored when Portugal drew 2-2 with the United States (US) in addition to a 2-1 win over Ghana.

Ronaldo’s relationship with the World Cup continued in 2018 in Russia, and it was another disappointing last 16 exit under Fernando Santos.

It was arguably his most impressive performance at the World Cup in a 3-3 draw with Spain, when he scored a hat-trick and followed it up with the only goal in a 1-0 win over Morocco.-AGENCIES

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