Cristiano Ronaldo’s goalscoring is without modern or historical precedent; against Morocco he broke another record. It’s futile to deny his brilliance
Lionel Messi took part in a memorable pre-World Cup photoshoot which attempted to underline his class as the Greatest Of All Time – the GOAT. For Paper Magazine , the Argentina captain posed with an actual real-life goat.
For Paper Magazine , the Argentina captain posed with an actual real-life goat.
The rivalry being what it is, it appears Cristiano Ronaldo has taken exception to this seemingly definitive categorisation and has set about correcting it, one facial hair at a time. Against Morocco, he not only debuted a new goatee beard but has begun to stroke it lovingly as well. In his own mind Cristiano has always been the GOAT and so begins his latest quest to convince the world of it.
The best way to do that, the beard aside? Goals, goals and more goals. Eighty-five of them in fact.
In Group B’s second match, Ronaldo overtook Ferenc Puskas as Europe’s highest international goalscorer – even his place as the continent’s greatest modern marksman was long assured.
Portugal fans have watched their No. 7 find the net for the national team 85 times and there’s more to come. Each one nowadays is greeted with that familiar, primal growl of “SIIII!” that has become his calling card.
And if his World Cup scoring record looked modest before Russia 2018, it is finally befitting of a man of Ronaldo’s stature.
He had scored in three tournaments running before showing up here but there was only one goal in each of the World Cups in 2006, 2010 and 2014. He had been fighting fitness concerns in the past before major tournaments but here – even at 33 – he is razor-sharp.
Against Spain, first, and now against Morocco, he has blunted another weapon in the arsenal of the critics.
Portugal’s GOAT and now Europe’s GOAT. When will his status be beyond reproach?