3 Records That Cristiano Ronaldo Can Break At The World Cup

Published 06/21/2018, 12:59 PM EDT


We are a week into the 2018 FIFA World Cup and there has only been one man who has been making the headlines all over the media. And it is none other than the Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

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The 33-year-old came to the World Cup on the back of an extremely successful season with Real Madrid, winning the Champions League for the third time in a row. In the first World Cup Game against Spain, his spellbinding hat-trick ensured that the Iberian Derby would end in a draw. Against Morocco, his thumping header handed the Seleccao an important win which has all but ensured their progress in the next round.

Ronaldo’s form has already seen him break a few records but here is a list of records that he could break if he continues this stunning run :

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1. Most Goals Scored By A Portuguese In World Cup History

                                        Ronaldo scored a brilliant header. 

With 4 goals in 2 games, the former Manchester United man is now just 2 goals shy of a certain Eusebio in terms of most goals scored by a Portuguese in World Cup history. The legendary Benfica forward scored 9 goals in the 1966 World Cup, which is also the only World Cup he ever played in.

Cristiano Ronaldo is in his 4th World Cup and has already outplayed the “Black Panther” in terms of longevity. It remains to be seen if he can outscore him as well.

2. Golden Boot

                           Pic Credits – Free Malaysia Today

While it is still very early to predict who might go on to become the tournament’s highest goalscorer, the 5-time Ballon d’Or winner is leading the charts now. He is closely followed by Diego Costa of Spain and Cheryshev of Russia.

Keeping in mind that James Rodriguez won the Golden Boot with just 6 goals in the last edition and Thomas Mueller won it with 5 in the one before that, Ronaldo, who already has 4 is extremely likely that Ronaldo will be coming off from Russia with the Golden Boot in his hands, especially if Portugal can manage a good run in the Knockout Stages.

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3. Most Man Of The Match Awards at a World Cup

As of today, the record for most Man of The Match Awards in a single World Cup is 4 – a record jointly shared by Leo Messi and Wesley Sneijder who achieved it in 2014 and 2010 respectively.

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Ronaldo already has 2 MOTM awards in this campaign and with any luck, will be pocketing some more as he and his team make their way through the next set of games.

Vamos Ronaldo!

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Abhranil Roy

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