Did Cristiano Ronaldo win the World Cup? History of Portugal captain in FIFA men’s tournaments

Cristiano Ronaldo is considered one of the greatest footballers of all time, is Portugal’s all-time cap and the nation’s all-time leading goalscorer.

Ronaldo has won more than 190 caps and scored more than 100 goals since making his international debut in 2003. He has scored in 11 major tournaments and helped Portugal win their first major tournament title at Euro 2016.

He also helped Portugal win the first UEFA Nations League in 2019 and won the Golden Boot at Euro 2020.

At the age of 37, Ronaldo faces his fifth FIFA World Cup in 2022 and a look back at his history at the World Cup shows he still has work to do in the competition.

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Did Cristiano Ronaldo win the World Cup?

Cristiano Ronaldo has never won a FIFA World Cup. He’s won an incredible number of team and individual titles throughout his career, but he’s yet to get his hands on the game’s most famous trophy.

It took 13 years for Ronaldo to find success with Portugal, who made his debut in a 1-0 win against Kazakhstan in August 2003 and helped his country to their first major tournament title in their Euro 2016 triumph.

Ronaldo described Portugal’s victory at Euro 2016 as “one of the happiest moments of my career” and “an amazing, unique moment for all Portuguese”.

The Manchester United forward has admitted he expects Qatar to be his last World Cup as he will be 41 at the time of the 2026 edition.

While he will be surrounded by a strong Portuguese squad in Qatar, he nonetheless carries his country’s hopes once again.

Has Cristiano Ronaldo played in a World Cup final?

Cristiano Ronaldo has played in a World Cup semi-final but he has never reached the final himself.

At the 2006 World Cup in Germany, where Ronaldo made his debut at the tournament, Portugal enjoyed an excellent season, progressing through the group stage with three wins and then beating England to edge out France in the semi-finals.

Ronaldo scored the decisive penalty in Portugal’s penalty shoot-out win over England, sending the Selecao through to the semi-finals where a Zinedine Zidane penalty was enough to seal victory for France and end Portugal’s best run in the competition since 1966.

At the age of 21, Ronaldo still had his entire career ahead of him and would go on to win more honors than almost any other player in the game.

But World Cup glory has always eluded him.

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Cristiano Ronaldo World Cup games, goals

Despite being Portugal’s all-time World Cup capper, Cristiano Ronaldo’s four tournaments have all ended in disappointment.

As Portugal’s all-time top scorer, he will be personally disappointed not to have scored more goals at the World Cup. His seven goals put him behind Portuguese legend Eusebio, who scored nine goals in just one tournament in 1966.

All of Ronaldo’s World Cup goals were scored in the group stage. He scored one goal each in the group stage at the 2006, 2010 and 2014 tournaments and four in the group stage at the 2018 World Cup.

Year games Goals assists protocol
2006 6 1 0 484
2010 4 1 1 360
2014 3 1 1 270
2018 4 4 0 360

How many World Cups has Portugal won?

Portugal have never won a FIFA World Cup in seven tournament appearances.

Cristiano Ronaldo has been with Portugal at four of those seven tournaments, helping the Selecao to one of their two semi-final appearances.

Portugal have reached the semi-finals of the World Cup twice: in 1966 and 2006.

Year host level reached Eliminated by Top Scorer
1966 England semifinals England (2-1) Eusbio (9)
1986 Mexico group stage Morocco (3-1) 2 draws with 1 goal each
2002 Japan/South Korea group stage South Korea (1-0) Paula (3)
2006 Germany semifinals France (1-0) Maniche (2)
2010 South Africa round of 16 Spain (1-0) Thiago (2)
2014 Brazil group stage United States (2-2) 3 draws with 1 goal each
2018 Russia round of 16 Uruguay (2-1) Ronaldo (4)

Will Portugal win the 2022 World Cup?

Although Portugal aren’t among the teams most expected to win the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, they could well upset the odds.

Portugal, who triumphed at Euro 2016 six years ago and built on that success by winning the Nations League in 2019, have added exciting young players to their squad who will complement Ronaldo’s experience.

Players such as Joao Felix, Diogo Jota, Bruno Fernandes and Bernardo Silva will be keen to make their mark on the World Cup, while Ronaldo is giving his all on the world stage for what may be his last time.

Odds across Caesars Sportsbook (US), Sports Interaction (Canada) and SkyBet (UK) as of November 1, 2022.

country Caesars Sports
SkyBet Ladbrokes
Brazil +400 3.41 4/1 5.00
France +600 4.62 6/1 7:00
England +700 5.52 7/1 8.00
Argentina +650 4.92 13/2 7:00
Spain +800 5.83 8/1 9.00
Germany +1000 7.03 9/1 11.00
Belgium +1200 10.61 14/1 13.00
Portugal +1200 9.46 16/1 15.00
Netherlands +1200 8.25 12/1 13.00


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