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Remembering Cristiano Ronaldo’s seven FIFA World Cup goals – and will he add to them in Qatar?

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Everyone is aware of the statistics that Cristiano Ronaldo has racked up, and the number of records he now holds after 20 years at the top of the game.

If there was one area where CR7 may perhaps be a little disappointed, it would be the number of goals he has scored at the FIFA World Cup. The Portuguese superstar has scored seven goals in 17 appearances, which is well shy of his usual ratio. OddsChecker, who compare online bookmakers offering free bets on the upcoming World Cup in Qatar have tipped Ronaldo to add to his total this winter. 

1 – Iran – Germany 2006

2006 marked Cristiano Ronaldo’s first foray onto the international stage and additionally, it was the legendary Luis Figo’s last. The young CR7 – or 17 as he was for Portugal back then – impressed in the European Championships two years prior, as his country reached the final on home soil. 

His first World Cup goal itself wasn’t the most memorable, firing a penalty into the top left-hand corner after captain Figo was brought down inside the box. The campaign, however, was much more impressive, defeating the Netherlands and England en-route to the semifinals. 

2 – North Korea – South Africa 2010

Four years on from the goal against Iran, Ronaldo was the best player in the world. He’d just won three Premier League titles on the spin, as well as the Champions League, before sealing his big-money move to Real Madrid in 2009. 

This goal – the sixth in a seventh goal drubbing – had more than an element of fortune about it. After Ronaldo tried rounding the keeper, the ball somehow ended up balancing on his head, and Cristiano looked baffled as to where it was. It was only when it dropped back into his eye line that he realised, before reacting quickly to put it into the empty net. 

3 – Ghana – Brazil 2014 

His goal against Ghana in Brazil is probably the one he cares for the least because the match was practically a dead rubber affair. After his side were mauled 4-0 by Germany in their opening game, and then only able to manage a draw with the USA, they knew that they had to beat Ghana by four clear goals in order to avoid a group-stage exit. By the time Ronaldo had rifled this one home – a left-footed volley from near the penalty spot in the 80th minute – their hopes were pretty much extinguished and they duly exited the competition. He didn’t even celebrate.

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4, 5 & 6 – Spain – Russia 2018 

Four years ago, we were treated to perhaps Cristiano’s greatest moment on the greatest stage, a sublime hat trick against Spain. In what appeared to be their toughest group stage game, they roared into the lead after just four minutes, through a Ronaldo penalty. He would pop up again on the brink of halftime, firing in a snapshot from the edge of the area which squirmed under David De Gea. 

Spain would then score twice, only for their opposition to be gifted a freekick with barely two minutes to play. Portugal’s captain and leader, Ronaldo, would step up and curl home from 25 yards to gift his side a well-deserved point. 

7 – Morocco – Russia 2018 

The final goal thus far came into Portugal’s group stage win over Morocco four years ago. The goal, a bullet diving header from Joao Moutinho’s cross was his fourth in two games. That was as good as it got that year though, exiting at the hands of an Edinson Cavani inspired Uruguay, a nation they will once again face in Qatar. 

Qatar 2022 – Can he add to his tally? 

Even at 37, Cristiano Ronaldo is still scoring goals for fun. He’s bagged 24 goals in the Premier League and Champions League this term, only being passed by Mohammed Salah domestically. He’s bagged 13 goals in 16 games since the start of last season and you’d expect him to be at his best against Uruguay, Ghana and South Korea in Group H.