Cristiano Ronaldo has said his club’s future “doesn’t matter” after the “beautiful moment” when he set a World Cup record.
The superstar striker scored from the penalty spot in a 3-2 win against Ghana as Portugal triumphed in the first Group H match at the 974 Stadium, becoming the first player to score in five different World Cups.
That means more headlines for Ronaldo, who on Tuesday agreed to a mutual termination of his contract with Manchester United after a high-profile interview with Piers Morgan in which he criticized manager Erik ten Hag, the Glazer family and several former teammates.
Consequently, Ronaldo has been left without a club, but while questions about his future will naturally continue to dominate conversations, his primary focus remains on playing for his country in Qatar.
“It was a great moment, my fifth World Cup. We won, we started [on the front] foot, this is a very important victory, ”he said at the post-match press conference.
“We know that in these competitions the first leg is crucial, but also the record to be the first player to score in five World Cups is something I am very proud of and I am very happy that the team has achieved a result in a tough game .
“The most important step was that we won, it was a week when the chapter ended, it is closed, and now we want to start on a good footing.
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“We won, I could help my team and everything else doesn’t matter.”
Ronaldo has earned the praise of head coach Fernando Santos, who believes the striker will remain a topic of conversation among football fans for decades to come.
“He is one of the best players in the world, there is no doubt about it, one of the best players of all time,” he said.
“Cristiano is a phenomenon, a legend, like so many others who have come and gone in football. In 50 years, we will continue to talk about him.”
Portugal can secure their place in the round of 16 by defeating Uruguay on Monday, with their group stage ending against South Korea four days later.