Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, a penalty scorer against Ghana on Thursday, became the first player to score in five different World Cups, bettering legend Pele and Germany’s Uwe Seeler and Miroslav Klose.
Ronaldo scored his first goal of the 2022 World Cup against the Black Stars when Portugal entered Group H, converting a penalty he himself obtained (65th).
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner had already scored at least once in the four previous World Cups: a goal in the 2006, 2010 and 2014 editions and four in 2018, including a hat-trick in the first match against Spain (3 -3).
He overtook Pelé, four times scorer with Brazil (1958, 1962, 1966, 1970), Seeler with West Germany (in the same editions as Pelé) and Klose (2002, 2006, 2010, 2014).
Ronaldo, now the author of eight World Cup goals, however, is unlikely to join Klose in total goals: the German scored 16 times in the 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014 editions, the absolute record.
The Portuguese, who on Thursday consolidated his status as top scorer in history in selection football (118 goals in 192 caps), can however join Eusebio in the rank of top scorer for the Seleçao in the World Cup. Eusebio scored 9 in the only World Cup he participated in, in 1966.
Ronaldo intends to shine at the World Cup to attract potential recruiters. The star, top scorer in the history of the Champions League, is indeed officially looking for a club after the divorce announced Tuesday by Manchester United following a vitriolic interview with “CR7” aimed in particular at his coach. at the Red Devils Erik ten Hag and the owners of the club.