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Cristiano Ronaldo became the first man to score in five World Cups on Thursday, netting the opening goal in Portugal’s World Cup match against Ghana.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been in the spotlight for the better part of the last two weeks, made headlines yet again on Thursday with a historic feat. All eyes were on him during Portugal’s Group H match against Ghana at Stadium 974, and he responded to the occasion as he has so many times before. On Thursday, however, he accomplished something no male footballer had ever done. Cristiano Ronaldo scored from the penalty spot in the 65th minute to put Portugal up 1-0. Ronaldo became the first male footballer to score in five different FIFA World Cups with his goal. Portugal eventually won the match by a score of 3-2.
He surpassed Pele and Germans Uwe Seeler and Miroslav Klose, who each had four World Cup goals. Ronaldo also set a new global record with 118 international goals.
Ronaldo breaks Pele’s record
The spot-kick was Ronaldo’s eighth career goal at the World Cup and comes after a tumultuous week that saw the star forward leave Manchester United following weeks of disagreements with the club.
However, there was some debate regarding the penalty, which was awarded after Ronaldo dived theatrically to the ground following minor contact with Ghana defender Mohammed Salisu.
Ghana’s hopes were heightened when Andre Ayew equalized in the 73rd minute, but goals from Joao Felix and Rafael Leao sealed a winning start for the Euro 2016 victors. Ghana’s late consolation goal came from Osman Bukari.
Manchester United confirmed this week that Ronaldo will quit the club with immediate effect after criticising the club and manager Erik ten Hag in a TV interview, although he has shown no indications of strain since the end of his stay at Old Trafford.
Ronaldo, the all-time men’s international goal-scorer, started in his normal center-forward position for the Group H matchup, just two days after leaving Manchester United by mutual consent.