Cristiano Ronaldo became the first man to achieve this mammoth feat in the FIFA World Cup
Cristiano Ronaldo scored from the spot for Portugal vs Ghana.© AFP
Cristiano Ronaldo – the man who has been in the news for more than two weeks now – is making headlines once again with a historic achievement on Thursday. All eyes were on him in Portugal’s Group H match against Ghana at Stadium 974 and he rose to the challenge like he has done so many times in the past. However, he achieved something on Thursday that no male footballer had done before. In the 65th minute of the match, Cristiano Ronaldo scored a goal to put Portugal ahead 1-0. With that goal, Ronaldo became the first male footballer in history to score in five different FIFA World Cups. Ultimately, Portugal won the match by a margin of 3–2.
He surpassed Pelé and Germany’s Uwe Seeler and Miroslav Klose, who scored in four World Cups. Ronaldo extended his own world record for international goals to 118. The typically ice-cold spot-kick was Ronaldo’s eighth career goal at the World Cup and came after a tumultuous week that saw the star forward follow a sensational exit from Manchester United. Weeks of tension with the club.
But there was controversy over the penalty, which was awarded after Ronaldo dramatically fell to the turf after minimal contact with Ghanaian defender Mohamed Salisu.
Andre Ayew equalized in the 73rd minute to give Ghana hope but goals from Joao Felix and Rafael Leao ensured a winning start for the Euro 2016 champions. Usman Bukhari scored a late consolation for Ghana.
Manchester United announced this week that Ronaldo would depart with immediate effect after criticizing the club and manager Erik ten Haag in a TV interview, but he has shown no signs of straining from the bitter end of his time at Old Trafford.
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Men’s record international goal scorer Ronaldo lined up in his usual centre-forward position for the Group H clash, two days after splitting from Manchester United by mutual consent on Tuesday.
Ronaldo, 37, spoke out in a controversial interview last week when he criticized Man United coach Erik ten Haag and the club itself, which eventually led to his departure.
with AFP inputs
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