Records galore for Portuguese captain Cristiano Ronaldo in FIFA World Cup 2022 opener

With his goal against Ghana, Cristiano Ronaldo became the second oldest player to score a goal at the FIFA World Cup.

Tanishq SharmaAuthor

Updated - 25 November 2022 11:40 AM

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Portugal kicked off their FIFA World Cup 2022 campaign with a sensational win over Ghana in their Group H opener on Thursday. Five-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo opened the scoring for Portugal from the spot and added yet another laurels to his enormous achievements tally.

Portugal defeated Ghana 3-2 in their FIFA World Cup 2022 opener as Cristiano Ronaldo scored the opener in the 65th minute followed by Joao Felix and Rafael Leao's goals that helped the Seleção to claim three points against the African side.

Cristiano Ronaldo appeared in his fifth FIFA World Cup tournament and joined Argentina star Lionel Messi, Antonio Carbajal and  Rafael Márquez  of Mexico, and Germany's  Lothar Matthäus as the only footballers to play in five World Cups.

After scoring from the spot against Ghana on Thursday, Cristiano Ronaldo becomes first player to score in five different World Cup tournaments in the history of the FIFA World Cup. The 37-year-old legendary forward won the man of the match award in Portugal's Group H opener and slashed another record by winning (7) most number of man of the match awards in the FIFA World Cup history.

With his 65th minute penalty, Cristiano Ronaldo also became the second oldest player to score a goal at the FIFA World Cup while the Portuguese captain already holds the record of the oldest player to score a World Cup hattrick after his spectacular hattrick against Spain in the 2018 FIFA World Cup group stage.

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