Cristiano Ronaldo called the GOAT 🐐 after historic goal in Portugal’s World Cup victory |  News, scores, highlights, stats and rumours

Cristiano Ronaldo called the GOAT 🐐 after historic goal in Portugal’s World Cup victory | News, scores, highlights, stats and rumours

DOHA, QATAR - NOVEMBER 24: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal celebrates after scoring their team's first goal from a penalty during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group H match between Portugal and Ghana at Stadium 974 on November 24, 2022 in Doha , qatar.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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Cristiano Ronaldo made history at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar on Thursday, becoming the first male player to score in five different World Cups in a 3-2 opening win for Portugal over Ghana.

The 37-year-old was tripped in the penalty area in the 65th minute to 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.com/PxWP4Z5z8o

Because of his historic goal, many on social media called Ronaldo the greatest soccer player of all time, including former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson:

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@Cristiano ᴀᴋᴀ The GOAT 🐐 ᴀᴋᴀ 👑 by @GWR.

𝗪𝗶𝘁𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗚𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀: 1º Jogador a marcar em 5 Mundiais diferentes! 🤯⚽ #VesteABandeira #WearTheFlag pic.twitter.com/LsGtQPzn29

As was the case for Ronaldo throughout most of his career, his performance has also been compared to Argentine star Lionel Messi.

By scoring on Thursday, Ronaldo broke a tie with Messi and others for most World Cup tournaments in which he scored, and he recorded his eighth career World Cup goal, which also gave him an edge over Messi:

Ronaldo’s record-breaking goal came during a tumultuous week in which he mutually agreed 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.

However, the club drama had no impact on Ronaldo’s play at international level as his PK was the catalyst for what ended up being a 3-2 win.

Ghana scored a surprise equalizer in the 73rd minute as 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 cut the deficit to one with a goal in the 89th minute, but Portugal held on to win.

Ronaldo and Portugal are now in prime position to advance to the knockout stage for the fourth time in the past five World Cups.

On Monday, Ronaldo will look to extend his World Cup goalscoring career as Portugal take on Uruguay, while Ghana take on South Korea.

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