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Portugal 3-2 Ghana: Cristiano Ronaldo ‘phenomenon’ and ‘legend’ after victory

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Heading into the Portugal-Ghana sport, followers will likely be anticipating an excellent efficiency from Cristiano Ronaldo.

And he duly delivered at Stadium 974, which noticed Portugal supporters depart smiling and Ghana followers with a way of what may have been.

Spectators witnessed historical past as 37-year-old Ronaldo grew to become the primary man to attain in 5 totally different FIFA World Cups as a 3-2 victory over Ghana gave the 2016 European champions their good begin to the event.

The aim and consequence will likely be a welcome distraction from the off-field points which have clouded Ronaldo’s build-up to the event.

In an interview with Speak TV final week, he was closely essential of Manchester United and supervisor Erik ten Hague. He then left the membership by ‘mutual settlement’.

“It was every week that ended the chapter, it is closed. We received and I may assist the workforce – the remaining does not matter,” Ronaldo mentioned after the sport.

“It was a fantastic second, my fifth World Cup,

“We received, we began in a great way and it is an important win. The primary match is essential in these tournaments.

“The primary participant to attain in 5 World Cups, that is one thing I am very happy with.”

‘Among the finest gamers of all time’

There was just one man within the 42,600 crowd that got here to look at in Doha.

Getting off the metro at Ras Bou Aboud station outdoors the bottom, a mom, son and daughter all wore ‘Ronaldo 7’ shirts, with the boy saying he was “my favorite”.

Simply outdoors the turnstiles, supporters have been gathering and a few have been taking pictures as they ran and re-enacted his well-known ‘save’ celebration.

When Ronaldo led his workforce out for pre-match warm-ups and Portugal’s workforce sheet was learn out, his title was shouted the loudest.

As they lined up for the nationwide anthem, the digicam panned to Ronaldo – who was the primary man standing within the line-up – and he seemed fairly emotional as he sang ‘A Portuguesa’, tears welling up in his eyes.

The frontman, who had earlier missed two huge possibilities and had a aim disallowed, noticed his huge second within the second half.

With Southampton defender Mohamed Salisso in shut attendance, Ronaldo hit the deck and the American referee pointed to the spot, which he graciously stepped in to transform.

Ronaldo headed in direction of the nook flag to carry out his well-known celebration, leaping and circling across the stadium as he chanted ‘Siuuuu’.

Portugal boss Fernando Santo mentioned: “Among the finest gamers on the earth, among the best ever.

“Cristiano Ronaldo is a phenomenon, a legend like many who’ve come and gone earlier than. In 50 years time, we will likely be speaking about him.”

Ronaldo acquired a standing ovation when Goncalo Ramos was changed with three minutes remaining and Ghana’s Usman Bukhari scored and celebrated.

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Ronaldo has scored in 10 consecutive main tournaments.

Ronaldo grew to become the second-oldest participant to attain at a World Cup (37 years, 292 days), behind solely Roger Milla (42 years, 39 days) for Cameroon in 1994.

However the file could elude him as he’ll solely be 41 by the point the following event takes place in 2026.

Ronaldo is the nation’s third-oldest and youngest goalscorer on the World Cup, together with Croatia’s Ivica Olić and Denmark’s Michael Laudrup.

Together with the World Cup and Euros, Ronaldo has now scored in 10 consecutive main tournaments.

“Ronaldo would come into this World Cup with a file [of scoring in five tournaments] In thoughts,” former Portugal teammate Jose Fonte instructed BBC Radio 5 Reside.

“Information observe him and I am positive he will likely be very proud to have scored in 5 World Cups.

“It is an enormous credit score to his consideration to element, his professionalism and the best way he carries himself. It is an excellent achievement for him and for Portugal.”

Portugal midfielder Ruben Neves added: “It is Cristiano, everybody is aware of it. He is the very best participant on the earth.

“He’s actually motivated, he’s actually targeted on the nationwide workforce and we’re actually fortunate that he’s with us as a result of he can nonetheless assist us rather a lot.”

Ronaldo’s penalty determination ‘a dive’

Ronaldo wouldn’t have been given the chance to attain the historic aim if the referee had determined that Salisso had performed the ball or the video assistant referee had intervened.

Neither saved Ghana, a lot to the chagrin of boss Otto Addo afterwards.

He instructed beIN Sports activities: “The referee gave a penalty that wasn’t a penalty – everybody noticed it. Why? As a result of it is Ronaldo or one thing?”

Requested by a journalist on the post-match information convention whether or not the penalty was given as a result of Ronaldo is a celebrity, Addo replied: “Ask the referee.

“I’ve no proof that if he would have made a unique determination for anybody else. The gamers had contact, I do not know what they have been doing, was VAR not paying consideration?

“The referee was not in our favor right this moment.”

Former England defender Matt Upson referred to as it “a dive” on BBC Radio 5 Reside, including: “A bit of little bit of contact however not sufficient to drop him for positive?”

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