Cristiano Ronaldo became the only player in men’s football history to score in five World Cups after his penalty for Portugal against Ghana on Thursday.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner missed two good chances in the first half and had another effort ruled out for a foul, but won a penalty early in the second half and fired it into the corner to give away in Portugal the head of his group. Clash H.
Earlier this week, Lionel Messi joined Ronaldo in a select group of players to have scored in four World Cups – alongside Brazil legend Pele and German icons Uwe Seeler and Miroslav Klose.
But Ronaldo’s 65th minute penalty means he has now scored in five different World Cups.
The 37-year-old opened his World Cup account with a penalty against Iran in 2006, before ending a long goalscoring drought by scoring against North Korea in 2010. He went on to score against the Ghana in Brazil 2014, before a memorable hat-trick against Spain. and another in a narrow win over Morocco in Russia four years ago.
Ronaldo is now Portugal’s youngest and oldest goalscorer at the World Cups, having scored his first goal at the age of 21 and netting the latter at 37.
He now has an incredible 118 goals for Portugal, making him the all-time top scorer in international football.
The only other player to score in five World Cups is a woman, Brazilian legend Marta, who achieved the feat in 2019.