He stayed one goal behind the ‘Black Panther’.
Cristiano Ronaldoconsidered one of the bests footballer in history, failed to reach the record of 9 goals of the emblematic Eusébio as the Portuguese player with the most scores in the world Cup.
Portugal was eliminated in Quarterfinals of the World Cup Qatar 2022after losing 1-0 against Morocco, meeting held this Saturday at the Al Thumama Stadium, thanks to the solitary goal of Youssef En-Nesyri at minute 42.
Commander, who returned to start the match on the substitute benchsaw how the possibility of reaching Eusébio.
This is how the Moroccan players greeted CR7.
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After achieving the record for goals scored by a national team and the one of best scorer of all timeamong others, the Madeiran went to Qatar with the intention of beating one of the few records he lacked.
CR7 to 8 goals in World Cups, after having marked once in Germany 2006, South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014, four times in Russia 2018 and the one who scored a penalty in Qatar 2022 versus Ghana.
Before the World Cup started Cristiano Ronaldo, 37 years old, considered that to beat the Eusébio’s record would be “a good challenge”.
I have a lot of respect for Eusébio. All Portuguese fans carry him in their hearts. He was an amazing person. If I get the chance, I think Eusébio, in heaven, will be happy and wish me luck to beat his record.
Eusebio da Silva Ferreiragreatest legend of Benfica and one of the great figures of Portuguese footballreached the 9 goals in a single edition of the World Cup, in England 1966, the only one in which he participated and in which he was the top scorer.
Two of those 9 goals were scored in the victory of Portugal 3-1 against the almighty Brazil of Pelé, Y 4 in the 5-3 win against North Korea.
Despite much of the “Black Panther”, who scored in the six games he played, Portugal fell 2-1 to Bobby Charlton’s Englandwho lifted the trophy at the end.
Nevertheless, the lusos achieved third place, their best performance to dateby beating the Soviet Union (2-1), again with a goal from Eusebio.
Eusébio was born in 1942 in Mozambiquethen a Portuguese colony, and spent most of his career in the Benfica, with which he won a Champions League (he beat Real Madrid in the 1962 final) and 11 Portuguese Leagues, among other titles.
With 623 goals in 639 matches, Eusébio also won the Ballon d’Or in 1965.
His death, in May 2014, moved and paralyzed Portugal, and in 2015 his remains were transferred to the National Pantheon, where great figures of Portuguese history rest, such as the fadista Amalia Rodrigues.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who has won 5 Champions League titles, among many other titles, he is currently a free agent, after parting ways with Manchester United, and he leaves Qatar 2022, his fifth World Cup, with the bitter taste not only of having his World Cup dream cut short, but of having been relegated to the bench by the coach Fernando Manuel Costa Santos.
(With information from EFE)