Cristiano Ronaldo scores for Portugal against Ghana.© AFP
Cristiano Ronaldo – the man who has been in the news for much of the past two weeks – made headlines again on Thursday with a historic feat. All eyes were on him in Portugal’s Group H game against Ghana at the 974 Stadium and he rose to the challenge as he has done many times in the past. However, he achieved something on Thursday that no male footballer has ever done before. In the 65th minute of the game, Ronaldo scored a penalty kick and Portugal led 1-0. With this goal, Ronaldo became the first male football player in history to score in five different FIFA World Cups. In the end, Portugal won the game 3-2.
He surpasses Pele and Germans Uwe Seeler and Miroslav Klose, who have both scored in four World Cups. Ronaldo also extended his world record for international goals to 118.
He won the penalty himself when he was brought down by Mohammad Salisu’s clumsy challenge. United announced this week that Ronaldo would leave immediately after criticizing the club and manager Eric ten Hager in a television interview, but he has shown nothing from the bitter end to his time at Old Trafford. Signs of tension.
Two days after parting ways with United by mutual agreement on Tuesday, Ronaldo was in his usual centre-forward position in Group H, his record top scorer in a Group H game.
Ronaldo, 37, spoke out in a controversial interview last week when he lashed out at United manager Eric ten Hager and the club itself, leading to his eventual departure.
The experienced striker is backed by a solid group of players led by Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva and João Felix.
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