Cristiano Ronaldo scored from the spot (penalty) for Portugal during their clash against Ghana in the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar which made him the first footballer to score in five World Cups. The 37-year-old who’s always been in the limelight of football, scored his 8th FIFA World Cup goal after winning the penalty around the 60th minute. (Cristiano Ronaldo transfer news: Bayern Munich to Chelsea, clubs likely to sign Portuguese icon, check list here)
Out of this world
Ronaldo goals in FIFA World Cup history
2006: 1 goal
2010: 1 goal
2014: 1 goal
2018: 4 goals
2022: 1 goal* (so far)
Coming to the clash, Ghana gave a tough fight to Cristiano Ronaldo and co as they bounced back after going 1 goal down within minutes. However, Joao Felix was at the rescue for Portugal, courtesy a beautiful pass from Bruno Fernandes which result in Portugal taking the lead again. Later on, Rafael Leao scored the third goal for Portugal but Ghana gave the Ronaldo-led side some nervy moments until the final whistle as Osman Bukari scored late around the 89th minute.
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. He has now scored in every World Cup since his first in 2006 and has a record 118 international goals. (With PTI inputs)