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Ronaldo made history by becoming the first male player to score in five World Cups.Portugal beat Ghana

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Cristiano Ronaldo closed his eyes, took a deep breath, and made World Cup history.

The Portuguese striker became the first male player to score a goal in five World Cups on a 65th-minute penalty in Thursday’s 3-2 win over Ghana.

A few days after the end of the contract at manchester united After the tell-all interview, he probably let football speak at the start of the last World Cup.

“It was a beautiful moment,” said Ronaldo. “The world record being the only player to score in five World Cups makes me very proud.”

Portugal v Ghana: Cristiano Ronaldo World Cup
Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo scores his side’s first goal after hiding a penalty and past Ghana’s Lawrence Ati Zigi in the FIFA World Cup Group H match against Ghana in Doha, Qatar, 24 November 2022 .

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A smiling Ronaldo ran off after the ball hit the back of the net to give Portugal a 1-0 lead, leaping and circling in the air as usual — the crowd commented on his Shouted his trademark “SI-UUU” — before being bullied by his teammates.

He has scored in every World Cup since the first World Cup in 2006. That time a penalty against Iran kicked off his streak of goals in the tournament and now has his tally of eight goals in 18 games. He holds the record for 118 international goals in men.

“I think Cristiano is a phenomenon and a legend,” said Portugal coach Fernando Santos.

His latest scoring record adds to the brilliance of his résumé and ensures Ronaldo receives plenty of offers from his new club after splitting with United on Tuesday. and criticized the English club’s manager, owner and teammates.

His tense build-up to the tournament didn’t seem to affect Ronaldo against Ghana, even though he missed two crucial chances in the first half.

“It’s been a week since we finished this chapter (at United),” Ronaldo said. is not”

Ronaldo finished the game holding his head in sheer relief after Ghana nearly ended up in a draw in the ninth minute of stoppage time thanks to ingenuity.

In the final action of the game, Ghanaian striker Inaki Williams hid behind Diogo Costa as the Portuguese goalkeeper rolled the ball to the ground and prepared to clear it. Williams forced Costa out and managed to poke the ball towards goal despite slipping.

Portuguese defender Danilo rushed back and cleared the ball from near the line. Ronaldo, sitting on the bench after the substitution, watched in disbelief.

Andre Ayew equalized for Ghana eight minutes after Ronaldo scored the penalty after falling after being challenged by Mohammed Salis.

Ghana coach Otto Addo called the penalty “a special gift from the referee”.

João Félix regained the lead for Portugal in the 78th minute after a through ball from Bruno Fernandes, setting up Rafael Leon to add a third. Osman Bukhari cut Ghana’s deficit on his 89th and celebrated in comical fashion by performing Ronaldo’s ‘SI-UUU’ spin.

African Struggle:

None of the five African teams in the World Cup won their first game in the group stage. Ghana lost, as did Senegal and Cameroon, while Tunisia and Morocco drew. “They didn’t win, but it turned out they could compete with their opponents,” Addo said. “I hope we can improve.”

Williams Brothers:

Inaki Williams made his first official start in Ghana a day after his brother Nico came on as a substitute for Spain in their 7-0 victory over Costa Rica. Inaki Williams switched allegiances from Spain to Ghana this year. Ghana is the country where his parents were born and left decades ago while his mother was pregnant with him.

next:

Portugal will play Uruguay on Monday. Ghana will play South Korea on the same day.

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