Cristiano Ronaldo sets new World Cup record for Portugal | Football

Cristiano Ronaldo’s scored in Portugal’s World Cup opener against Ghana (Getty)

Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first player in history to score at five men’s World Cup tournaments.

The 37-year-old, who had his contract terminated by Manchester United this week, put Portugal in front from the penalty spot during their World Cup opener against Ghana on Thursday evening.

Before the game, Ronaldo was one of five players who have found the net at in four different World Cups alongside Lionel Messi, Miroslav Klose, Uwe Seeler and Pele.

But Ronaldo’s goal against Ghana means he has now made history by being the only player score in five World Cups.

Cristiano Ronaldo put Portugal in front against Ghana from the penalty spot (Reuters)
Cristiano Ronaldo hit his trademark celebration after making history (AFP via Getty)

Ronaldo’s first goal at a World Cup came in 2006 as he scored a penalty against Iran.

In 2010, Ronaldo scored in a 7-0 win over North Korea and in 2014, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner struck a late winner against Ghana, although Portugal crashed out at the group stage.

Ronaldo’s best World Cup so far was in 2014 as he scored a hat-trick in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Spain and netted the winner in a 1-0 victory over Morocco.


  • 5 – Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018, 2022
  • 4 – Pele (Brazil) 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970
  • 4 – Uwe Seeler (West Germany) 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970
  • 4 – Miroslav Klose (Germany) 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014
  • 4 – Lionel Messi (Argentina) 2006, 2014, 2018, 2022

Ronaldo also holds the record for the most goals scored at international level with 118 in 192 appearances.

Portugal, meanwhile, endured a nervy second half against Ghana but were able to hold out for a 3-2 win which puts them top of Group H. They will play Uruguay in their next group game on Monday.

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