Cristiano Ronaldo scored from the spot for Portugal against Ghana.©AFP
Cristiano Ronaldo – the man who has dominated the headlines for most of the past two weeks – grabbed the headlines again on Thursday with a historic feat. All eyes were on him in Portugal’s Group H match against Ghana at Stadium 974 and he rose to the challenge as he has so many times in the past. However, he achieved something on Thursday that had never been done by a male footballer before. In the 65th minute of the match, Cristiano Ronaldo converted from the spot to put Portugal ahead 1-0. With this goal, Ronaldo became the first male footballer in history to score a goal in five different FIFA World Cups. In the end, Portugal won the game by a 3-2 margin.
He overtook Pelé and Germany’s Uwe Seeler and Miroslav Klose, who have all scored in four World Cups. Ronaldo also extended his own world record for international goals to 118. The typically chilling kick was Ronaldo’s eighth career World Cup goal and comes after a tumultuous week which saw the star striker make an exit sensational Manchester United after weeks of tension with the club.
But there was controversy surrounding the penalty, which was awarded after Ronaldo crashed theatrically onto the turf after minimal contact with Ghanaian defender Mohammed Salisu.
Andre Ayew raised hopes for Ghana with a 73rd-minute equaliser, but goals from Joao Felix and Rafael Leao secured a winning start for the Euro 2016 champions. Osman Bukari scored a late consolation for Ghana .
Manchester United announced this week that Ronaldo would leave with immediate effect after criticizing the club and manager Erik ten Hag in a TV interview, but he has shown no signs of strain since his time at Old Trafford came to a bitter end.
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All-time top men’s international goalscorer Ronaldo has lined up in his usual centre-forward position for the Group H clash, two days after he parted ways with Manchester United by mutual consent on Tuesday.
Ronaldo, 37, spoke out in a controversial interview last week when he lashed out at Man United manager Erik ten Hag and the club itself, prompting his eventual departure.
With AFP inputs
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