As for football dreams, Goals at the World Cup finals must be pretty high on the list. Several players have represented their country at several different World Cup finalsbut only a handful actually have played and met in four different editions of the tournament. Cristiano Ronaldo was the first player to play and score in the finals in five different editions of the World Cup Penalty in the second half against Ghana today. A record that has stood for over half a century…
Most players’ international careers don’t last long enough to even have a chance at a starring role four or five world championships. There are a number of reasons for this – injuries, loss of form or the elimination of the team. Only five players have played at least one game in five different World Cup finals – Mexico’s Andrés Guardado could finish sixth if he gets a run-out in either of his next two games against Argentina and Saudi Arabia.
Players who have competed in multiple World Cups
Even fewer have made it Play and score in four different World Cup finals. Only until Qatar 2022 four players had made it – pele, Uwe Seeler, Miroslav Klose and Cristiano Ronaldo. You were recently joined by Lionel Messi who tucked in a penalty Argentinathe opening group match against Saudi Arabia in Qatar 2022 his personal World Cup record at seven in five different editions (2006, 2010, 2014, 2018, 2022). but Messi didn’t find the net at all during his five appearances at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
World Cup goal record set and equalized at Brazil 70
Curiously the Record for goals in four different editions of the World Cup has been set two players on the same day and within minutes of each other. That first player import four different World Cup finals was West Germany’s legendary striker Uwe Seelerwho played and scored in the same World Cup as pele – Sweden 1958, France 1962, England 1966 and Mexico 1970. His debut goal was against Argentina in the group stage June 8, 1958. Seeler set the recordaged 33, equalized for West Germany in the 56th minute of the opening game Morocco. At Mexico 70, his last tournament, he scored two more goals to take his Total balance to nine.
That same day over in Guadalajara, Brazil had kicked off their kick-off Czechoslovakia at the same time and were held 1-1 when pele put that selection after 69 minutes in front, equal to Seeler’s record included
Oh Rei had opened his World Cup account 12 years earlier in the quarterfinals against Wales at the Ullevi in Gothenburg on June 19, 1958, the first of 12 goals scored in the closing stages.
Players who scored in different editions of the World Cup
Cristiano’s numbers at the World Cup
Cristiano Ronaldo made his World Cup debut in the first group match against Angola on 11 June 2006. He was replaced on the hour by Costinha but made his debut on the winning side, although he failed to get into the scorer charts himself (Pauleta scored the only goal of the game).
His first goal in Germany 2006 came in the next game a punishment against Iran six days later. Portugal made it to the semifinals where they were eliminated France But Ronaldo was unlucky in front of goal and had to wait another four years for his next one which resulted in a 7-0 demolition in the dying moments North Korea at South Africa 2010.
It was a similar story at Brazil 2014 – he had to wait until the last group game – against none other than Ghanato get going, but it was too little too late by then Portugalwho had lost Germany and pulled against them USMNTwere already on their way home, eliminated due to the better goal difference.
Russia 2018 proved far more productive for Ronaldo, who joined Juventus from Real Madrid just over a week after Portugal’s final knockout defeat by Uruguay in the round of 16. He opened with a stunning hat-trick against Spain and then beat the winner against in the next group match Morocco to bring his tournament tally to four and his total to seven.
ronaldo broke the all-time record in the opening match against Portugal Ghana – his 18th World Cup appearance. Portugal were awarded a penalty in the 64th minute after Salisu brought Ronaldo down in the penalty area. The Portuguese skipper stepped in to score his first goal at Qatar 2022 and eighth goal in five different World Cup finals – 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018, 2022. It’s been a turbulent week for him as his contract was ripped up by United but the record will bring him some solace.