Cristiano Ronaldo breaks World Cup record – first player to score in five World Cups

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Cristiano Ronaldo has made footballing history by scoring in a fifth consecutive World Cup for Portugal. A feat that has been achieved by no other player in the history of the sport, since the first World Cup in 1930.

The 37-year-old forward may be without a club side to call home at the moment, but that didn’t get in the way of Ronaldo adding to his record as his nation’s all-time leading goalscorer. The Portuguese talent can now lay claim to an impressive 118 goals in 192 games for Portugal since he made his debut for his nation in 2003. 

Ronaldo, Modric & Co. – The oldest players at the 2022 World Cup

Alfredo Talavera | Mexico | 40 years old

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Atiba Hutchinson | Canada | 39 years old

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Pepe | Portugal | 39 years old

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Market value: €1m

Eiji Kawashima | Japan | 39 years old

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Dani Alves | Brazil | 39 years old

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Remko Pasveer | Netherlands | 39 years old

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Aymen Balbouli | Tunisia | 38 years old

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Thiago Silva | Brazil | 38 years old

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Cristiano Ronaldo | Portugal | 37 years old

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Market value: €20m

Danny Vukovic | Australia | 37 years old

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Steve Mandanda | France | 37 years old

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Guillermo Ochoa | Mexico | 37 years old

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Bryan Ruiz | Costa Rica | 37 years old

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Luka Modric | Croatia | 37 years old

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Diego Godín | Uruguay | 36 years old

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Manuel Neuer | Germany | 36 years old

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Fernando Muslera | Uruguay | 36 years old

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Sebastián Sosa | Uruguay | 36 years old

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Yuto Nagatomo | Japan | 36 years old

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Andrés Guardado | Mexico | 36 years old

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Olivier Giroud | France | 36 years old

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Franco Armani | Argentina | 36 years old

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Kasper Schmeichel | Denmark | 36 years old

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In a frustrating opening clash against Ghana, Ronaldo proved to be the big difference between the two sides, when the Portugal player dashed into the opposing box and was brought down by a nearby defender. As such, the referee pointed to the penalty spot and offered the forward a golden opportunity to score from the spot, which he happily did with a tidy finish. 

 

Ronaldo makes World Cup history – but still chasing all-time scorer record

Indeed, the forward’s goal on Thursday evening now means that Ronaldo has bagged no less than eight goals in World Cup competitions, putting him level in the all-time goalscoring charts with Guillermo Stábile, Leônidas, Óscar Míguez, Rivaldo, Rudi Völler and Diego Maradona. However, the senior striker still has some way to go before he can call himself the World Cup’s greatest ever player. 

The World Cup’s all-time top goalscorers

Eusébio | Portugal | six games – nine goals

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Gary Lineker | England | 12 games – 10 goals

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Gabriel Batistuta | Argentina | 12 games – 10 goals

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Helmut Rahn | Germany | 10 games – 10 goals

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Teófilo Cubillas | Peru | 13 games – 10 goals

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Grzegorz Lato | Poland | 20 games – 10 goals

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Thomas Müller | Germany | 17 games – 10 goals

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Jürgen Klinsmann | Germany | 17 games – 11 goals

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Sándor Kocsis | Hungary | 5 games – 11 goals

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Pelé | Brazil | 14 games – 12 goals

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Just Fontaine | France | 6 games – 13 goals

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Gerd Müller | Germany | 13 games – 14 goals

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Ronaldo | Brazil | 19 games – 15 goals

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Miroslav Klose | Germany | 24 games – 16 goals

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As many football fans will know, Germany striker Miroslav Klose finished his career with 16 goals in 24 World cup games, which itself surpassed impressive records set by Ronaldo of Brazil, fellow German legend Gerd Müller and France forward Just Fontaine. Ronaldo not only has to score another eight goals just to match Klose’s record but will have to surpass another 22 legends of the game to get there. 

As such, it’s unlikely that Ronaldo will be able to finish his career as the World Cup’s highest ever goalscorer, but the Portugal star will surely take a huge amount of delight in knowing that no other player has managed to score in five tournaments. And with his most recent goal, Ronaldo has also stepped ahead of long-time rival Lionel Messi, who remains on seven goals in the tournament for Argentina. 


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