Manchester United ahead Cristiano Ronaldo is about to hitch an unique class when the World Cup begins in Qatar later this yr.
There have been fears the star may miss the match after Portugal have been pressured into the play-offs, however a 2-0 win within the closing match in opposition to North Macedonia ensured they are going to characteristic on the showpiece.
Ronaldo’s Man United teammate Bruno Fernades scored a purpose in every half in opposition to the decided minnows, who had knocked out Italy within the semi-final.
With most of the gamers eyeing their first match, it will likely be Ronaldo’s fifth consecutive time on the World Cup.
He’ll be a part of Mexico duo Antonio Carbajal and Rafael Marquez in addition to Germany legend Lothar Matthaus within the unique membership.
The 37-year-old was first chosen for a World Cup in 2006, that includes alongside the likes of Luis Figo, Deco, and Ricardo Carvalho as Portgual went all the best way to the quarters.
Ronaldo has additionally scored in each match, however his whole of seven means he nonetheless has a protracted strategy to go to surpass, go away alone match Miroslav Klose’s report of 16.
If he manages to attain in Qatar, he’ll turn out to be the primary participant to attain in 5 completely different World Cup tournaments. He’s presently on 4, alongside Brazilian legend Pele, Uwe Seeler, and Klose.
Ronaldo is not going to be on his personal although as his everlasting rival, Argentina Lionel Messi, will lead his South American facet on the match.
Messi, identical to Ronaldo, first featured within the World Cup in 2006, and this can be his fifth match.