Cristiano Ronaldo becomes first man to score at five World Cups


Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score at five men’s World Cups after he scored Portugal’s opening goal of Qatar 2022 against Ghana on Thursday.

Ronaldo, 37, scored from the penalty spot after Southampton defender Mohammed Salisu brought down the free agent in the box.

Ronaldo’s goal sees him surpass Pele (Brazil), Uwe Seeler (West Germany) and Miroslav Klose (Germany), who all scored at four.

Only one other footballer has scored at five World Cup finals: the Brazilian striker Marta.

Ronaldo is currently without a club after Manchester United terminated his contract on Tuesday.

The decision follows a controversial interview in which Ronaldo criticised the club and said he had “no respect” for Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag.

Both parties stated that Ronaldo’s exit was “mutually agreed”.

A club statement said: “The club thanks him for his immense contribution across two spells at Old Trafford.”


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