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CR7 breaks European record

Cristiano Ronaldo continued to take the World Cup by storm by scoring Portugal’s opening goal in their Group B clash with Morocco. The Real Madrid superstar produced arguably the moment of the tournament so far as he found a magnificent equaliser at the death in Portugal’s 3-3 draw with Spain.

By Sports Reporter

And Ronaldo picked up where he left off on Wednesday afternoon as he broke the deadlock with his head against Morocco in only the 4th minute.

Ronaldo is now ahead of Russia’s Denis Cheryshev at the top of the World Cup scoring chart with four goals and will undoubtedly have his sights set on the Golden Boot.

His opener at the Luzhniki Stadium meant he overtook Hungary legend Ferenc Puskas as the top scoring European in the history of international football.

Ali Daei remains, by some distance, the top scoring international player of all-time. The iconic striker racked up 109 goals for Iran before his retirement in 2006.

Ronaldo’s effort against Morocco also means that he has scored more goals at this World Cup than in his previous three tournaments combined.

Speaking after his heroics against Spain, Ronaldo said, ‘I always believed in myself, I work for this. ‘I want to highlight the team’s response, we played until the end, we did not shy away from the fight. The draw was fair.

‘I’m very happy [with the hat-trick]. It’s a personal best. ‘It’s a great moment. One more in my career.’

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Tongai Mwenje

Tongai Mwenje is a Senior Editor with Zimbabwe's largest online sports magazine Sportbrief www.sportbrief.co.zw. He has been writing professionally since 2012 and currently writes for technology and sport blogs. He has vast experience in digital marketing, sports reporting and analysis. He is also a Sports and Technology columnist with Financial Gazette Online Sports Column and Technology Magazine respectively.

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