At this stage, most footballers tend to slow down but Ronaldo is still craving new challenges and still performing at the highest level of football and making scoring look easy. In addition to his club achievements, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner also guided his country to two international wins with the Euro 2016 and the UEFA Nations League in 2019.
However, it remains his dream to win the World Cup and the upcoming tournament will probably be his last chance. In addition to achieving the ultimate goal, he could also potentially set up a number of individual records, just what he has been searching for all his life. The Qatar World Cup 2022 is a perfect opportunity for him to break five of these records:
1. Most appearances in the World Cup
Ronaldo has played in four World Cups, and his forthcoming appearance will allow him to set a new record. The record for most FIFA World Cup appearances is currently held by Antonio Carbajal, Lothar Matthaus, and Rafael Marquez, although Ronaldo may break it with his 5th appearance.
2. Most goals for Portugal
Just two goals separate Ronaldo from World Cup legend Eusebio's record of seven goals. This time, he will have the chance of a lifetime to either match it or shatter it.
3. Most games as captain in World Cups
The late Diego Armando Maradona currently holds this record with 16 World Cup matches in his role as captain of Argentina. Ronaldo has currently led 11 matches as a captain. If Portugal reaches the quarterfinals or advances ahead, Ronaldo will have the chance to tie this record or break it.
4. Most assists in World Cup for Portugal
Legendary Figo currently holds the record in this category with five career assists for Portugal in the World Cup. Ronaldo now has two assists in a World Cup, So he has a great chance to break or tie this record as well, in Qatar.
5. Most Goals scored for Portugal in a World Cup edition
Eusebio still holds the record for most goals scored in a single World Cup for Portugal with nine goals which were witnessed in 1966. Ronaldo will have the chance to beat it.
So, let's see which records will be broken by Cristiano Ronaldo in the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.