Cristiano Ronaldo made the day of a young spell with a five-game lead ahead of Portugal’s World Cup opener

Cristiano Ronaldo made the dreams of a number of children come true ahead of Portugal’s World Cup opening match against Ghana in Qatar on Thursday.

Before lining up with his teammates to enter the field, Ronaldo walked around and gave all 22 young mascots.

One of the boys was particularly dumbfounded, telling the amulet next to him, “Oh, my God!” After Ronaldo touched his hand.

Portugal won the match 3-2, with Ronaldo opening the scoring from the penalty spot in the 65th minute. The penalty kick was awarded after a foul in the box by Ghana defender Mohamed Salisu.

The goal made him the first player in football history to score in five different World Cups, in addition to the goals he scored in 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018.

“The first player to score goals in the World Cup five times, and that makes me very proud,” Ronaldo said after Portugal’s victory.

Portugal coach Fernando Santo said of Ronaldo: “One of the best players in the world, one of the best players ever.

“Cristiano Ronaldo is a phenomenon, a legend like many who have come and gone before. In 50 years, we will continue to talk about him,” he added.

While things are going smoothly for Ronaldo with Portugal, the same cannot be said for his domestic career.

Earlier this week, the 37-year-old’s contract was terminated by Manchester United after a controversial interview in which he attacked the club, its manager and owners.

In a statement, Ronaldo said: “I love Manchester United and I love the fans, and that will never change. However, the time seems right for me to look for a new challenge.

“I wish the team all the best for the rest of the season and for the future.”


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