Cristiano Ronaldo, the captain of the Portuguese national team, became the first player to score in five different FIFA World Cups as he guided his team to a 3-2 victory over Ghana on Thursday night at the frigid Stadium 974 in Doha.
The record-breaking goal was scored in the 65th minute by the Portuguese legend, who is currently looking for a new team after being released by Manchester United last week.
He got up and converted from the spot after conning the referee into awarding him a penalty after being challenged in the box by Mohammed Salisu.
He converted it skillfully, using sufficient force and accuracy to beat Lawrence Ati Zigi, the Ghanaian goalkeeper, who dove in the proper direction and sent the ball into the right corner.
On June 17, 2006, he scored his first World Cup goal from the penalty spot against Iran.
Pele, Lionel Messi, Miroslav Klose, and Uwe Seeler have all scored in four FIFA World Cups.
He is now the second-oldest goal scorer in World Cup history, after Roger Milla of Cameroon, at the age of 37 years and 292 days.
He is also just one goal behind Eusebio’s nine goals for Portugal in the FIFA World Cup.
In his brief Player of the Match press conference, Cristiano Ronaldo said, “It was a beautiful moment, my fifth World Cup.
“We won, we started off on the right foot. I’m very proud and happy to become the fifth player to score in five tournaments.”
My only focus was the World Cup, all the rest is not important,” he added
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