Cristiano Ronaldo Breaks Record for Most International Goals by European Player

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"We knew how to suffer".

The Portugal forward celebrated his goal with a trademark run and soaring leap toward the corner flag at Luzhniki Stadium. At 33, he is the oldest player ever to do so at the World Cup.

His fourth-minute goal proved enough to give his side the victory and control of their Group B destiny with just one game remaining and after the match, Ronaldo cleared up the mystery of his facial hair.

As the internet was arguing over whether Ronaldo's facial hair is some kind of statement, the reigning Ballon d'Or victor quickly put Portugal in front in just the fourth minute of the contest.

Where would Portugal be without Cristiano Ronaldo? "He´s constantly evolving, unlike regular players he´s always evolving".

The only player to have scored more worldwide goals is Iran's Ali Daei on 109 goals.

The centre-back pairing of Jose Fonte and Pepe (who, once again, did himself no favours in terms of his reputation by throwing himself to the ground when Benatia tapped him on the shoulder late on) needs protection and they did not get it.


The goal took Ronaldo's tally for the tournament to four - his two nearest rivals are Spain's Diego Costa and Denis Cheryshev of Russian Federation, who both have three.

Morocco had their chances, but ultimately couldn't finish the job.

For that to happen, Spain and Portugal will have to win by the same scoreline in their final games with Portugal picking up one more yellow card than Fernando Hierro's side. "The important thing is to respect Morocco and all our opponents", he said.

Iran winning their final match and La Roja drawing against Morocco would also see Spain finish second.

Renard said Morocco will attempt to bow out with "flying colours" against Spain next Monday, as he reflected fondly on his time in charge of the Atlas Lions.

Goalkeeper Rui Patricio was kept busy by the North Africans and helped Portugal earn the three points and move top of the group on four.

"Two years ago we started a new journey, we were ranked 81st".

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