3-2 Portugal Ghana: Following the triumph, Cristiano Ronaldo was lauded as a “phenomenon” and “legend.”
Cristiano Ronaldo would have been expected to put on a spectacular display for the Portugal-Ghana crowd.
And he did not disappoint at Stadium 974, where Ghana fans went with a sense of what might have been and Portugal supporters happy.
As the 2016 European winners beat Ghana 3-2 to get off to the perfect start in this tournament, Cristiano Ronaldo, 37, became the first player to score at five different Fifa World Cups, making history in front of the crowd.
The outcome and goal will serve as a much-needed diversion from the off-field problems that have marred Cristiano Ronaldo’s preparation for the tournament.
After criticising Manchester United and manager Erik ten Hag in a TalkTV interview last week, he quit the team by “mutual agreement.”
“The chapter was completed in a week, and it is now closed. The rest doesn’t matter because we won and I was able to assist the squad “Soon after the game, Cristiano Ronaldo said.
“My sixth World Cup experience was fantastic.
“We succeeded, got off to a strong start, and this victory is crucial. In these competitions, the opening game is quite important.
I’m extremely proud to be the first player to score goals in five World Cups.
“One of the greatest players ever,”
Many of the 42,600 people present in Doha came to see a single individual.
A mother, son, and daughter exited the metro at Ras Bu Aboud Station outside the stadium wearing “Ronaldo 7” shirts, with the boy declaring that he is “my favourite.”
Supporters gathered near the turnstiles and posed for photos, with some running and reenacting his well-known “Siu” celebration.
When Portugal’s team was announced, Cristiano Ronaldo received the loudest applause and a deafening cheer as he led his team out to warm up before the game.
The camera went to Ronaldo, the first guy standing in the line-up, as the side stood for the national anthem. He appeared pretty emotional as he sang “A Portuguesa,” with tears filling his eyes.
The frontman’s big moment came in the second half after he had already squandered two significant opportunities and had a goal disallowed.
Ronaldo collided with the ground and the American referee pointed to the spot, which he went up to expertly score with Southampton defender Mohammed Salisu watching closely.
Ronaldo sprinted to the corner flag to execute his well-known celebration, bouncing and spinning while the stadium erupted in “Siuuu.”
Portugal manager Fernando Santo
One of the best players in the world, one of the best players ever, according to Portugal manager Fernando Santo.
“Like many others who have come and gone before, Cristiano Ronaldo is a legend. He is a phenomenon. We will continue to talk about him in 50 years.
With three minutes left, Goncalo Ramos came on in place of Cristiano Ronaldo, to a standing ovation. Ronaldo then watched in disbelief as Ghana’s Osman Bukari scored and celebrated.
Ronaldo (37 years, 292 days) became the second-oldest player (after Roger Milla in 1994 for Cameroon) to score at the World Cup (42 years, 39 days).
But given that he won’t be older than 41 when the following competition occurs in 2026, he might not be able to break that record. Along with Ivica Olic of Croatia and Michael Laudrup of Denmark, Ronaldo is the third player to have scored a goal for his nation’s oldest and youngest age groups at the World Cup.
With the World Cup and the Euros included, Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored in ten straight major competitions.
Former Portugal teammate Jose Fonte said on BBC Radio 5 Live that Cristiano Ronaldo would have entered this World Cup with the goal of breaking the record for most goals in a single tournament (5 goals).
“He chases records, and I have no doubt that scoring in five World Cups will make him incredibly happy.
For his meticulous attention to detail, professionalism, and self-care, he deserves high praise. It’s a fantastic accomplishment for both him and Portugal.”
Ruben Neves, a midfielder for Portugal, added: “Cristiano is here; everyone recognises him. He is the world’s best player.
He is extremely driven and committed to the national team, and we are fortunate to have him on our team because he can still be a huge assistance.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty call was “a dive,”
If Salisu was ruled to have played the ball or if the video assistant referee had intervened, Cristiano Ronaldo would not have been given the chance to score his historic goal.
Both failed to save Ghana, making the boss Otto Addo furious in the process.
To BeIN Sports, he said: “Everyone could see that the referee gave what appeared to be a penalty but wasn’t. Why? Maybe it’s because he’s Ronaldo?”
In response to a question about whether the penalty was awarded because Cristiano Ronaldo is a superstar during the post-game news conference, Addo said: “Consult the official.
“I am not certain whether he would have made a different choice for another person. There was a player contact. I have no idea what they were doing; did the VAR miss anything?
“Today’s referee did not favour us,”
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