As if it wasn’t the case already, Cristiano Ronaldo enhanced his status as a great of international football on Friday night.
The Real Madrid forward was in action with the Portugal national team in an Iberian derby against Spain as they began their 2018 World Cup campaign in Sochi.
The match wasn’t even five minutes old when Portugal were given the chance to take the lead. Ronaldo was at the centre of the action as he was taken down in the box by Real clubmate Nacho – it was a dubious penalty, but the ref had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.
Ronaldo composed himself and struck the penalty – a confident effort that gave David De Gea no chance.
In converting the penalty, Ronaldo created a bit of history – not just at World Cup level, but in terms of all major international competitions. Firstly, he joined a select group of players to have scored at four World Cup tournaments:
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Even more impressively, this is also the eighth consecutive major international tournament in which the 33-year-old has found the net:
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Portugal’s lead was to last for around twenty minutes, however, as Diego Costa equalised for Spain midway through the half.
On the stroke of half time, Ronaldo restored Portugal’s lead with a shot that somehow squirmed past De Gea, a rare mistake from the Man United keeper and one that gave Portugal a 2-1 lead going into the break.