It was already an eventful World Cup for Cristiano Ronaldo before the Portugal star even set foot on the field, but now it’s a historic one when Portugal beats Ghana 3-2. Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo becomes first male player to score in 5 World Cups. The Associated Press has story:
Ronaldo’s Portugal beats Ghana 3-2 in historic game
Newslooks- DOHA, Qatar (AP)
Cristiano Ronaldo closed his eyes, took in a deep breath and then made World Cup history.
The Portugal striker became the first male player to score at five World Cups with his 65th-minute penalty in a 3-2 win over Ghana on Thursday.
Andre Ayew equalized for Ghana eight minutes later, but Joao Felix regained the lead for Portugal in the 78th and Rafael Leao added a third. Osman Bukari reduced Ghana’s deficit in the 89th.
The 37-year-old Ronaldo was looking to showcase his talents to potential new clubs after having his contract terminated at Manchester United this week. After wasting two good chances in the first half, he tumbled under a challenge by Ghana defender Mohammed Salisu to earn a penalty.
Wheeling away after the ball struck the back of the net, a smiling Ronaldo performed his usual leap and swivel in the air — the crowd roared his trademark “SI-UUU” as he did the pirouette — before getting mobbed by teammates.
Cristiano Ronaldo made history on Thursday as the first male player to score in five World Cups in Portugal‘s opening game in Qatar against Ghana.
The Portugal captain scored in the 65th minute from the penalty spot — the 118th goal for his country — at Doha’s Stadium 974. Ronaldo, 37, is the most prolific goalscorer in men’s international football and has made a record 18 appearances for Portugal at a World Cup.
It comes after Ronaldo left Manchester United by “mutual agreement” earlier this week following an explosive TV interview in which he criticised the club and coach Erik ten Hag.
He has now scored in every World Cup since his first in 2006 and has a record 118 international goals.