Portugal’s all-time record scorer Cristiano Ronaldo was the Man of the Match in the six-goal thriller against Spain, matching an unbelievable international record set by an African superstar Asamoah Gyan.
Media and twitter channels all over the world reported that Ronaldo had become the first player to score in nine consecutive major tournaments, but it was in fact Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan, who became the first to achieve this feat.
The Black Stars forward scored at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, at the 2008 African Cup of the Nations, at the 2010 AFCON, at the 2010 World Cup, at the 2012 AFCON, at the 2013 AFCON, at the 2014 World Cup, at the 2015 AFCON and at the 2017 AFCON, as Ghanaian journalist Michael Oti Adjei pointed out.
Overall, Gyan has scored six goals in his three World Cup participations and eight in African Cup of Nations history.
Ronaldo, meanwhile, has now scored at the 2004 UEFA European Championship, 2006 FIFA World Cup, at the Euro 2008, at the 2010 World Cup, at the Euro 2012, at the 2014 World Cup, at the Euro 2016, at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and in this year’s tournament.
The Portuguese took his overall World Cup tally to six strikes after netting just once in each of his previous three tournaments, while he has scored nine in his four Euro participations and twice at the Confed Cup.
With his hat-trick, Ronaldo took his international tally to 84 strikes, equaling the European all-time record set by legendary Hungarian Ferenc Puskas.
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