At WC 2022 in Qatar, Cristiano Ronaldo played for the first time and in the very first game he made an incredible achievement. The Portuguese superstar, who was recently left without a club as Manchester United terminated the 37-year-old striker’s contract due to public criticism of the Red Devils, successfully completed a penalty kick against Ghana to become the first footballer to score a full-time goal as many as five world championships!
For Cristiano Ronaldo it’s been a hectic few weeks. Ever since he explained in a high-profile interview what was bothering him at Old Trafford, forcing the club’s management to terminate his contract, the world has been wondering where he will continue his career. But the 37-year-old striker, one of the best footballers in the world, is not thinking about it at the moment.
At the biggest football tournament, Ronaldo is completely focused on the performances in the national jersey. At the World Cup in Qatar, which will most likely be his last in a rich career, he will try to climb as high as possible with Portugal, while also setting some new milestones.
There is already the first one. In the opening match against Ghana, he successfully executed a penalty kick in the 65th minute and put Portugal in the lead (1:0). With this, he broke a very special record, as he became the first footballer to score in five different World Cups. In the 92-year history of the world championships, no one has managed to do this.
Before Qatar, Ronaldo celebrated goals at WC 2006 (one goal), WC 2010 (one goal), WC 2014 (one goal) and WC 2018 (four goals).
Apart from the Portuguese, only the Argentinian was among the top scorers in the four world championships Lionel Messi, Brazilian She sang and a German Miroslav Klose and Uwe Seeler.
Ronaldo was among the top scorers in 11 major competitions. He became the European champion with Portugal in 2016, and three years later he won the baptism of the League of Nations. He has already scored 117 goals for his chosen team and is the world record holder in this statistical category.