Cristiano Ronaldo became the first footballer to score in five separate World Cups on Thursday, after scoring from the penalty spot in Portugal’s 3-2 win over Ghana at Stadium 974 in Qatar.
The 37-year-old opened the scoring in the 65th minute after being ruled fouled in the penalty area by Ghana defender Mohamed Salisu.
This achievement comes just days after Ronaldo terminated his contract by his club, Manchester United, after a controversial interview in which he attacked the club, its manager, and its owners.
It is not clear where he will use his trade after the conclusion of the World Cup.
“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.
Including the World Cup and European Championships, Ronaldo has now scored 10 consecutive major slams.
The penalty kick he scored against Ghana made him the oldest scorer in the history of Portgual in the World Cup finals ever, while he is also the youngest scorer in the history of his country, after he scored his first goal in the tournament in 2006, at the age of 21.
In September 2021, the former Real Madrid and Juventus striker also became the all-time top scorer in international football, after scoring twice against the Republic of Ireland. These two goals took his tally to 111 – putting him two goals ahead of Iran’s Ali Daei in the record books.
Ronaldo also surpassed Sergio Ramos’ record for most international matches for a European player last year, and became the first player to score 10 hat-tricks in men’s international football, after scoring three goals in a 5-0 win over Luxembourg.