Cristiano Ronaldo becomes first male player to score in five FIFA World Cup editions

The 37-year-old Ronaldo achieved the feat with a strike in the 65th minute against Black Stars, taking his overall tally across five editions to eight goals.

Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal celebrates after scoring their team’s first goal via 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.

Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal celebrates after scoring their team’s first goal via 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 Credit: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

The 37-year-old Ronaldo achieved the feat with a strike in the 65th minute against Black Stars, taking his overall tally across five editions to eight goals.

Cristiano Ronaldo became the first-ever male player to score at five World Cups during Portugal’s Group H opener against Ghana at Stadium 974 in Doha, Qatar on Thursday.

The 37-year-old Ronaldo achieved the feat with a strike in the 65th minute against Black Stars, taking his overall tally across five editions to eight goals.

The forward went down in the penalty box, trying to win the ball from Ghana in its box and scored, setting multiple records in the FIFA World Cup.

Here is the breakdown of all his goals in the FIFA World Cup:

Goal NumberOpponentFIFA World Cup yearMatch stageResult
1IranGermany 2006 (P)Group StagePOR 2-0 IRN
2North KoreaSouth Africa 2010Group StagePOR 7-0 KOREA DPR
3GhanaBrazil 2014Group StagePOR 2-1 GHA
4SpainRussia 2018 (P)Group StagePOR 3-3 ESP
5SpainRussia 2018Group StagePOR 3-3 ESP
6SpainRussia 2018Group StagePOR 3-3 ESP
7MoroccoRussia 2018Group StagePOR 1-0 MOR
8Ghana (P)Qatar 2022Group StageMatch still on

Lionel Messi, Miroslav Klose, Pele and Uwe Seeler are the players who have scored at four World Cups. Messi became the latest entrant to the list during Argentina’s 1-2 loss to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.

How many non-penalty goals does Ronaldo have in the World Cup?

Five. Of the eight goals of Ronaldo, five of them have come as non-penalty goals, while the remaining three - his first against Iran in 2006, second against Spain in 2018 and the last, against Ghana in the 2022 FIFA World Cup -- came from the spot.

Ronaldo also became the second-oldest goal scorer at the showpiece event. The oldest player to have scored a goal in a World Cup is Roger Milla of Cameroon who did it against Russia at the age of 42 years during the 1994 edition in the US.

Ronaldo already holds the record for being the all-time top scorer in men’s football with 118 goals.

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