While records are made to be broken, we take a pause from current fashion trends for men and men’s latest fashion to look at the astonishing records of Cristiano Ronaldo that have been either equaled or broken by the end of the first round at 2018 FIFA World Cup.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo’s, 33-year-old legendary captain of Portugal team first goal against Spain catapulted him to the league of the players who have scored goals in four different editions of the tournament– Ronald became the 4th player in the World Cup history, the other three players are Pele, Miroslav Klose, and Uwe Seeler.
2. Ronaldo has also equaled the existing record of Ghana’s striker Asamoah Gyan of consecutively scoring in nine major international tournaments – eight if the Confederations Cup is not considered a major tournament. Ghana’s striker Gyan recently refuted the Ronaldo’s achievement, as he was the first one to score in the nine different major showpieces, namely 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cups, as well as seven Africa Cups of Nations between 2008 and 2017.
3. Ronaldo’s second strike against Spain in the 2018 World Cup elevated him to become the second Portuguese to score a goal a goal from outside the box – the first one was Deco who scored against Oran in 2006.
Ronaldo’s hat-trick against Spain was momentous in history, as he not only became the oldest player to score a hat-trick but also the first striker to do so against the champs of 2010 World Cup.
4. Cristiano Ronaldo becomes the third Portuguese player in the history to score a hat-trick in a World Cup, after his predecessors Eusebio in 1966, and Pauleta, in 2002. In addition, he also matched his compatriot José Augusto Torres, who achieved the record in 1966 to score goals with head, right and left foot during a World Cup.
5. Cristiano Ronaldo also became the highest-scoring European in international history as he overtook Ferenc Puskas international goal record of 84 goals against Morocco. Iran’s Ali Daei is an all-time top scorer in the history of international football with 109 goals to his credit in a 13-year international career between 1993 and 2006.