(CNN Spanish) — Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo made his debut for the Portugal team, of which he is captain, in 2003. Since then he has played 17 World Cup matches and scored 7 goals, but he has not managed to win a World Cup: a fourth place was the best result achieved by the Portuguese in the last 20 years.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s palmares seems to have no point of comparison: he won the Ballon d’Or five times, the Champions League five times, he also lifted the Club World Cup four times, in addition to seven league titles in three countries, according to the statistics of the specialized site. Transfermarkt.es. He has been crowned soccer player of the year 10 times between 2007 and 2018.
However, his outlook with the Portuguese team is different.
The Portuguese in the World Cup
His biggest victory for the national team in a World Cup was in 2010, when Portugal beat Korea 7-0. His biggest defeat came four years later, in Brazil, when the German team defeated their European rivals 4-0. That year, Portugal were knocked out of the competition in the group stage, their worst result since Ronaldo was part of the team.
The best was in Germany 2006, where Portugal was in fourth place. In South Africa 2010 and in Russia 2018 his team reached the round of 16. In the last World Cup Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned top scorer for his team with three goals.
He debuted in the senior team at the age of 18 under the direction of Luiz Felipe Scolari. However, since he was 16 he had played in youth categories.
Adding the World Cups, the qualifiers and competitions such as the Euro Cup and the Confederations Cup, among others, the Portuguese star played a total of 191 games with the national team, in which he scored 117 goals and made 43 goal passes (during his entire career , counting the participation in clubs, the Portuguese scored close to 700 goals, accumulating 10 times more victories than defeats).
Their best result was undoubtedly Euro 2016, which Portugal won for the first time after beating France in Paris. Cristiano Ronaldo had to leave that final in the 24th minute of the game due to injury, which took him off the field in tears, but the Portuguese still managed to triumph against Antonie Griezmann’s France.
That was the last of the European Championships in which Ronaldo participated.
Qatar 2022, the last World Cup for Cristiano Ronaldo?
Qatar 2022 could be the last World Cup for Cristiano Ronaldo (and other stars like Argentine Leo Messi and Uruguayan Luis Suárez).
Ronaldo, who has just been released after a bitter departure from Manchester United, arrives in Qatar at the age of 37. At that age, however, he is still a long way from the longest-serving player in the World Cup: that record is held by the Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary, who saved in Russia 2018 at the age of 45. But he does arrive as one of the most prominent older forwards in the history of the World Cups and is, by the way, the top scorer in history, with 818 goals.
Portugal, led by Cristiano Ronaldo, arrives in Qatar with a generation that is “one of the best in its history”, according to commentator Maximiliano Cordaro. However, they managed to make a place in the cup suffering and face a complex group, made up of Uruguay, South Korea and Ghana.