The way is debatable, as the whistled fault against Salisu is severe.

But the history books don't care.

Cristiano Ronaldo, a penalty scorer in Portugal's win over Ghana on Thursday, became the first player to score at five different World Cups, bettering legend Pele and Germany's Uwe Seeler and Miroslav Klose.

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The five-time Ballon d'Or winner had already scored at least once in the four previous World Cups: a goal in the 2006, 2010 and 2014 editions and four in 2018, including a hat-trick in the first match against Spain (3 -3).

He thus overtook Pelé, four times scorer with Brazil (1958, 1962, 1966, 1970), Seeler with West Germany (during the same editions as Pelé) and Klose (2002, 2006, 2010, 2014).

Eusebio in the viewfinder

Ronaldo, now the author of eight World Cup goals, however, has little chance of joining Klose in total goals: the German scored 16 times in the 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014 editions, the absolute record.

The Portuguese, who on Thursday consolidated his status as top scorer in history in selection football (118 goals in 192 caps), can however join Eusebio in the rank of top scorer for the Seleçao in the World Cup.

Eusebio scored 9 in the only World Cup he played in, in 1966.


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