10.11.2022 » Will Ronaldo set another goal-scoring record at 2022 World Cup?
Cristiano Ronaldo has, over the course of a quite remarkable career, become a history-making machine. Records have tumbled around the Portuguese as a bar of individual brilliance is set at a height that few can ever dream of reaching. He is, however, not a man to rest on his laurels. For him, the past will always be an immense source of pride, with a lasting legacy set to be left when a day comes to hang up highly decorated boots, but the present and future are just as important for the Portuguese superstar...
Cristiano Ronaldo - Qatar is coming:
The greatest to have ever played this sport?
In 2022, one of the greatest footballers to have ever lived has his sights set on achieving more feats than have never been witnessed before. He has, in a role as talismanic captain of his country, helped to guide Portugal to another major international tournament.
A star-studded squad working under the guidance of Fernando Santos are expected to go well in Qatar, with World Cup betting tips forever weighted in favour of sides that boast a player of Ronaldo's calibre within their ranks. The Portuguese are 14/1 to claim a maiden global title in the Middle East, with early momentum required if they are to deliver on expectations and position themselves among the frontrunners for the most prestigious of prizes in football.
Ronaldo is well aware that he is entering the last-chance saloon when it comes to World Cup glory, with the intention being to bow out in style. He has savoured European Championship and UEFA Nations League triumphs with his country, but the grandest of gold medals has remained out of reach.
If he is to get close to completing a glittering trophy collection, then inspiration will need to be delivered from the moment that the most potent goalscorer in men’s international football has ever seen sets foot onto another competitive stage.
He has delivered on countless occasions in the past and is preparing to grace a fifth World Cup showpiece. The target has, rather unsurprisingly, been found at least once across all of his previous outings at FIFA's flagship event.
Those exploits already have Ronaldo sat in illustrious company, with Brazil legend Pelé, German great Uwe Seeler and the competition's all-time leading marksman, Miroslav Klose, the only other players to have netted at four finals.
Nobody in the long and distinguished history of international football has ever scored at five World Cups. That, though, may be about to change.
An iconic personality
Ronaldo, as a student of the game and a man very much aware of his personal exploits, will need no reminding of the fact that he stands on the brink of etching another entry into the history books. There is little he likes more than doing just that and can be expected to have sights narrowed on another notable goal – one that is both figurative and literal.
Portugal are set to face Ghana, Uruguay and South Korea in the group stage at Qatar 2022, before hopefully making their way into the last 16 and beyond, and one effort against any of those rivals will see a familiar figure back in record-breaking mode.
Cristiano Ronaldo next game for Manchester United in the Premier League is on November 10, against Aston Villa. You can watch Manchester United vs Aston Villa, Real Madrid vs Cadiz, Hellas vs Juventus, Manchester City vs Brentford, Tottenham vs Leeds, and Liverpool vs Southampton, all matches provided from our live football game pages.
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Manchester United vs Aston Villa kick-off time (10-11-2022):
Beijing (China) | UTC/GMT+8: 03:00
India (New Delhi) | UTC/GMT+5.30: 00:30
Italy (Turin) | UTC/GMT+1: 21:00
Spain (Madrid) | UTC/GMT+1: 21:00
Portugal and England (Lisbon/London) | UTC/GMT+0: 20:00
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) | UTC/GMT-3: 17:00
New York (United States) | UTC/GMT-5: 15:00
Los Angeles (United States) | UTC/GMT-8: 12:00