Ronaldo’s football career may have been marred by controversies lately, but there’s no doubt that he’s still one of the greatest players to ever grace the game.
Barring the FIFA World Cup, the Portugal International has won every available major trophies in all the competitions he has featured in.
But having made a winning start with Portugal in the ongoing Qatar 2022 World Cup, he would be looking to go all the way this time around.
Following his penalty goal against Ghana, the five time Ballon d’or winner became the first player to score in five separate World Cups. He had previously scored at the 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018 tournaments.
With his latest strike, Portuguese has now taken his overall World Cup goals to eight, but for a player who is always gunning to be at the apex of the game, he would be looking to score more goals and draw closer to the competition’s top scorers.
For context, Germany midfielder Thomas Muller who is still active in the game is two goals ahead of Ronaldo in the scoring chart having struck 10 times in the tournament, he is the only active player ahead of Ronaldo in the scoring chart.
But the all time topscorer is former Germany striker Miroslav Klose who scored 16 goals in 24 matches before calling time on his career in 2014.
With eight goals already to his name, Ronaldo must now score eight more goals to equal the German and nine in order to overtake him.
It is unclear how far Portugal will go in Qatar, but whatever the case, it’s very unlikely Ronaldo will find the back of the net on nine more occasions to overtake Miroslav Klose in the all time World Cup scoring chart.
Indeed, winning the prestigious gold trophy remains the top priority for Ronaldo, ahead of becoming the competition’s highest goalscorer.