Most of football’s most excellent prized awards have been won by Cristiano Ronaldo. The striker’s trophy cabinet is filled with achievements in the UEFA Champions League, the Euro Cup, and other tournaments. However, he continues to follow the World Cup, the most fantastic prize.

Since 2006, Ronaldo has participated in four FIFA World Cups, and on November 20, 2022, he will compete in his fifth FIFA World Cup, which will be held in Qatar. In the 2006 FIFA world cup, he faced Angola in his first game.

He scored from the penalty spot in a 2-0 victory in the next match against Iran. At barely 21 years and 132 days old, he scored the goal that made him the youngest Portuguese player to score in a FIFA World Cup.

Portugal and Netherlands competed in the Round of 16. Ronaldo’s involvement was cut short because of a horrific tackle by Khalid Boulahrouz, which left him writhing in agony. Thankfully, he made a full recovery in time to play a significant part against Britain in the quarterfinals. But in the tiebreakers, he came through with his final penalty kick. Portugal finished fourth in the World Cup after losing to France and Germany in the last two games.

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After losing to Spain in Round 16, Portugal was eliminated in 2010. When Brazil, Ivory Coast, and North Korea were in the group stage, Ronaldo was outstanding and awarded man of the match awards. He performed strongly in the other two games while scoring and providing an assist against North Korea. 

Ronaldo had patellar tendinitis when he came to Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Even though he wasn’t fully recovered, he nonetheless entered the game. He could not prevent his team from losing to Germany 4-0, though.

He gave a late assist to draw 2-2 against the United States in the next game, while he scored a late goal to beat Ghana in the championship game. Although it was his 50th goal for his country, Portugal still lost on goal differential and was eliminated from the pool stages.

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In the first encounter of the 2018 FIFA World Cup group stage, Ronaldo scored a hat-trick to steal two points away from Spain.  He set a World Cup record for the oldest player to ever score three goals in a single game.

He scored again to help his team defeat Morocco in the next game, breaking Ferenc Puskas’ record to become the top scorer in European history. However, he missed a penalty kick in Portugal’s next match against Iran, resulting in a 1-1 tie. Portugal exited the competition after falling to Uruguay 2-1 in Round 16. He was included in FIFA’s Fan Dream Team even after an early departure.

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