Holding the record for most international goals, Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best players ever to grace a football pitch.
However, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s World Cup outings were not what he would’ve hoped for. Ronaldo has scored just eight goals in 18 World Cup appearances, including a hat-trick against Spain in the 2018 edition of the marquee event. His latest goal came off a penalty against Ghana in the 2022 World Cup.
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Since making his debut for Portugal in 2003, Ronaldo has netted 117 goals in 191 international appearances, making him the world record holder for most international goals, surpassing Iranian legend Ali Daei.
Ronaldo also needs two more goals at the Qatar World Cup 2022 to eclipse the legendary Eusebio, who has nine World Cup goals, as Portugal’s all-time leading goal-scorer in World Cups.
The Portuguese talisman has appeared in every edition of the quadrennial event, since his debut in 2006, and will be playing his fifth World Cup in Qatar which commenced on November 20.
Ronaldo oversaw his nation to glory at the 2016 UEFA European Championship and also guided Portugal to clinch the Nations League title in 2019. However, the World Cup trophy has eluded him for the longest time.
Ronaldo, 37, will lead the line for Portugal at the World Cup for one last time and will hope to take the trophy home.
Portugal sits in group H clubbed alongside South Korea, Ghana and Uruguay.
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