Cristiano Ronaldo becomes first man to score in five World Cups with goal vs Ghana

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring a penalty for Portugal against Ghana to become the first player ever to net in five different World Cups.
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Cristiano Ronaldo has become the only player in the history of men's football to score in five World Cups following his penalty for Portugal against Ghana on Thursday.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner missed two good opportunities in the first half and saw another effort ruled out for a foul, but won a penalty early in the second period and fired it into the corner to give Portugal the lead in their Group H clash.

Earlier this week, Lionel Messi joined Ronaldo in a select group of players to have scored in four World Cups – along with Brazilian legend Pele and German icons Uwe Seeler and Miroslav Klose.

But Ronaldo's penalty in the 65th minute means he has now netted in five different World Cups.

The 37-year-old opened his World Cup account with a penalty against Iran in 2006, before ending a long goal drought by netting against North Korea in 2010. He then scored against Ghana at Brazil 2014, before a memorable hat-trick versus Spain and another in a narrow win over Morocco in Russia four years ago.

Ronaldo is now Portugal's youngest and oldest scorer at World Cups, having hit his first goal at the age of 21 and netted this latest one at 37.

He now has an incredible 118 goals for Portugal, making the all-time leading scorer in international football.

The only other player to have scored in five World Cups is a woman, Brazil legend Marta, who achieved the feat in 2019.

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