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Cristiano Ronaldo made history Thursday at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, becoming the first male player to score at five different World Cups in a 3-2 opening win for Portugal over Ghana.
The 37-year-old was tripped in the box for a penalty in the 65th minute, and he put Portugal ahead 1-0 from the spot:
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RONALDO MAKES HISTORY
With this goal, he becomes the first men’s player to score in five different FIFA World Cup tournaments 🔥🇵🇹 pic.twitter.com/PxWP4Z5z8o
By virtue of his historic goal, many on social media referred to Ronaldo as the greatest soccer player of all time, including former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson:
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The 🐐 @Cristiano makes history 🇵🇹
Ugwunna Ejikem 🇵🇹🇵🇹🇵🇹 @UgwunnaEjikem
Cristiano Ronaldo is the first player in all of history to score in FIVE World Cups.
FIVE. What! A! Phenomenon!!!
I! Know! My! GOAT! 🐐🐐🐐🐐 pic.twitter.com/s4Yufeq0Hf
2006, 2010, 2014, 2018 and 2022
Cristiano Ronaldo does not break records, he sets record’s the Goat 🐐 pic.twitter.com/TFSD6iOyys
Always The Man Of The Moment!
Cristiano Ronaldo 😍
Becomes the first man to score at five FIFA World Cups 🖐
The GOAT 🐐 pic.twitter.com/OesBNNiy8Z
As has been the case for Ronaldo throughout most of his career, his accomplishment was also compared to Argentinian star Lionel Messi.
By scoring Thursday, Ronaldo broke a tie with Messi and others for most World Cup tournaments scored in, and he recorded his eighth career World Cup goal overall, which also put him one ahead of Messi:
5 – Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first player to score five in different editions of the World Cup (2006, 2010, 2014, 2018, 2022). Limitless. pic.twitter.com/w6noDKxoVR
Ronaldo’s record-breaking goal came during a tumultuous week that saw him mutually agree to have his contract with English Premier League club Manchester United terminated.
As a result, Ronaldo’s second stint with United ended after less than two full seasons.
The club drama did not impact Ronaldo’s play at the international level, though, as his PK was the catalyst for what was ultimately a 3-2 win.
Ghana scored a surprising equalizer in the 73rd minute when André Ayew found the back of the net, but João Félix scored in the 78th minute and Rafael Leão followed up with a goal in the 80th minute to put Portugal 3-1 ahead.
Osman Bukari shrunk the deficit back down to one with a goal in the 89th minute, but Portugal managed to hang on for the win.
Ronaldo and Portugal are now in great position to advance to the knockout stage for the fourth time at the past five World Cups.
On Monday, Ronaldo will look to add to his career haul of World Cup goals when Portugal faces Uruguay, while Ghana will meet South Korea.