Cristiano Ronaldo makes World Cup history

by Asim Shamsi

Cristiano Ronaldo closed his eyes, took a deep breath and then made World Cup history.

The Portugal striker became the first male player to score at five World Cups with his 65th-minute penalty in a 3-2 win over Ghana.

Days after his contract was terminated at Manchester United following a tell-all interview, he let his soccer do the talking.

“This was a beautiful moment,” Ronaldo said.

“The world record, the only player to score in five World Cups, makes me very proud.”

He has now scored in every World Cup since his first  in 2006.

His latest scoring record adds to the luster of a resume that should ensure Ronaldo receives plenty of offers from new clubs after splitting with United.

His fraught buildup to the tournament didn't appear to affect Ronaldo against Ghana.

Ronaldo ended the match with his head in his hands in pure relief after Ghana almost snatched a draw.

Portugal plays Uruguay on Monday. Ghana faces South Korea on the same day.