Cristiano Ronaldo marks Portugal’s victory with historic World Cup goal

Stevian Francis

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Cristiano Ronaldo continues to cement his place in football folklore by not only extending his all-time international goal-scoring record but also becoming the first player to score in five successive World Cups after leading Portugal to a dramatic 3-2 opener against Ghana.

Ronaldo, 37, who is most likely playing in his final World Cup tournament netted the game’s opener in the 65th minute following a successful penalty conversion, moving his tally to 118 goals for Portugal.

That goal was also Ronaldo’s 8th at the tournament, placing him now seven goals behind the all-time world cup record of the 17 goals currently held by Germany’s Miroslav Klose.

Fellow German striker Thomas Muller- 10 goals is the only active player who currently has more world cup strikes than the Portugal Captain.

Ronaldo’s exploits date back to his debut tournament in 2006 which was coincidentally hosted by Germany where he then 17 years old, scored a goal as the ultra-talented group of players marched all the way to the semi-finals.

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid talisman has since scored at least once in each Cup afterward including bagging four goals in the 2018 Russia-hosted tournament.

The goal also improves Cr7’s overall record to 819 career goals for both clubs and the country.

The win for Portugal marks the start of a dramatic but successful step in the country’s march for an elusive world title with one of the more rounded teams coming into the tournament.

They will next play former World Cup winner Uruguay on Monday before closing out the group stage on the group stage South Korea on Friday (December 2).

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