ristiano Ronaldo, the star player for Portugal, has scored at five different World Cups, a feat that no other player — not even Pele — has accomplished.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored for Portugal against Ghana on Thursday, making him the first player to ever score in five World Cups.
The 37-year-old converted a penalty in the second half to put Portugal ahead. After parting ways with Manchester United on Tuesday, he is currently without a club.
The most of any player who hasn’t scored in the knockout rounds is Ronaldo’s eight World Cup goals, all of which have come in the group stage.
Miroslav Klose, Pele, and Uwe Seeler scored goals at four World Cups, but Ronaldo surpassed them after scoring in a fifth final.
No other player, not even Pele, has ever scored at five different World Cups as many times as Portugal’s star player Cristiano Ronaldo.
Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to ever score in five World Cups when he scored for Portugal against Ghana on Thursday.
In the second half, the 37-year-old successfully converted a penalty to give Portugal the lead. After parting ways with Manchester United on Tuesday, he is currently without a club.
Ronaldo has eight World Cup goals, all of which have come in the group stage, the most of any player who hasn’t scored in the playoffs.
At four World Cups, Miroslav Klose, Pele, and Uwe Seeler have all scored goals, but Ronaldo has overtaken them after scoring in a fifth tournament.
Ghana 2-1 Portugal (Brasilia, 2014)
Ronaldo’s late goal in Portugal’s final group game against Ghana, a straightforward finish after some shoddy defending, was not enough to keep his team from losing to Germany and the eventual tournament winners, the United States, in the opening round of Brazil 2014.
Spain 3-3 Portugal (Sochi, 2018)
Ronaldo, who came into the competition as the best player in the world, lived up to his reputation by scoring a hat-trick in one of the greatest individual World Cup performances ever. The superstar forward opened the scoring from the penalty spot, then beat David de Gea with a shot from outside the box before netting a late free-kick to salvage a point in a nail-biting thriller.
Morocco 1-0 Portugal
Ronaldo didn’t stop there, either. He added another goal to his tournament total against Morocco in the first four minutes, which ended up being the game-winning goal. However, he struggled to score in the knockout stages, going scoreless in the 2-1 loss to Uruguay in the round of 16.