Ronaldo celebrates a historic goal, for a moment
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It was the moment Cristiano Ronaldo thought he had joined Eusebio as Portugal’s World Cup record goalscorer, well, for a couple of minutes anyway.
The Portugal forward’s jubilant celebrations convinced everyone his boss had put the finishing touch on Bruno Fernandes’ cross for the crucial opener in his country’s 2-0 win over Uruguay.
Not only was it a goal that put Portugal on course for qualification for the last 16 with a game to spare, but it was also going to be his ninth World Cup goal, which would put him on par with the great Eusebius
But then came the uncertainty. Although Ronaldo was clearly convinced it was his goal, replays were not so conclusive.
Initially named as the goalscorer, it wasn’t long before the goal was taken away from him and given to former Manchester United team-mate Fernandes.
The cameras panned over the 37-year-old as Fernandes was named the scorer over the PA and his puzzled smile summed up most people’s confusion. Who scored this goal? A question we may never know the answer to.
However, goals like this are usually referred to a FIFA panel, who will scrutinize it from all angles to establish who got the final touch and therefore who should be credited with the goal .
So Ronaldo could still be awarded the goal retrospectively in the coming days.
Fernandes scored a second from the penalty spot as Portugal comfortably booked their place in the last 16.
“I don’t think it matters who touched the ball,” Fernandes said after the game. “At that moment, I thought Cristiano was touching the ball and I was passing it to him, but the important thing is that we have fun.”
Before Qatar 2022 began, Ronaldo had expressed his desire to break Eusebio’s World Cup record and started with a goal in Portugal’s opener against Ghana – a 3-2 win – to become the first player to score in five World Cups.
And while Ronaldo seemed pleased enough for Fernandes to receive the plaudits at the final whistle, the debate continued elsewhere.
Former West Ham defender Matthew Upson told BBC Radio 5 Live: “I think it’s Bruno Fernandes’ goal. The only proof I have is the replay I can see in front of me and the ball doesn’t change direction. Usually see the ball slightly change spin or direction if there is a head watching.
“It won’t go down like Ronaldo’s goal on the scoreboard and that’s what bothers him because he thrives on those records. But it’s his goal in the sense that his presence and his career brought it about.”
While 5 Live commentator Ian Dennis added: “Good luck to the FIFA referee who has to go to the dressing room to tell Cristiano Ronaldo he didn’t score that. Bruno Fernandes has attributed”.
Talk about a close call, but…
Journalist Piers Morgan, perhaps unsurprisingly, was in no doubt about who he thought the goalscorer was…
A tweet that sparked the expected response from social media as it became clear that Ronaldo would not match the record on Monday.
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