Cristiano Ronaldo makes history after scoring for Portugal

Ronaldo became the second oldest player to score at the World Cup (37 years, 292 days), behind only Roger Milla in 1994 for Cameroon (42 years, 39 days).

But that record may well elude him as he will be only 41 by the time the next tournament takes place in 2026.

Ronaldo is the third player to be both a country’s oldest and youngest goalscorer at the World Cup, along with Croatia’s Ivica Olic and Denmark’s Michael Laudrup.

Including World Cups and Euros, Ronaldo has now scored at 10 consecutive major tournaments.

“Ronaldo would have come into this World Cup with the record [of scoring in five tournaments] in mind,” former Portugal team-mate Jose Fonte told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“Records chase him and I’m sure he’ll be extremely proud to score in five World Cups.

“It’s great credit to his attention to detail, his professionalism and how he takes care of himself. It’s a great achievement for him and for Portugal as well.”

Portugal midfielder Ruben Neves added: “It’s Cristiano, everybody knows him. He is the best player in the world.

“He is really motivated, he is really focused on the national team and we are really lucky to have him with us because he can still help us a lot.”

Fans heading to the Portugal-Ghana game would have been expecting a starring performance from Cristiano Ronaldo.

And he duly delivered at Stadium 974, which saw Portugal supporters leave smiling and Ghana fans left with a sense of what might have been.

Spectators witnessed history as the 37-year-old Ronaldo became the first man to score at five different Fifa World Cups as a 3-2 victory over Ghana gave the 2016 European champions the perfect start to this tournament.

The goal and result will be a welcome distraction from the off-field issues that has clouded Ronaldo’s build-up to the tournament.


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Herman Nnyanzi 'The Analyst' is a Ugandan multimedia sports journalist who started his career in 2017. He has a genuine strong love for sports and expertise, especially football. Contact me on +256704472629 or +256786403603

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