Ten months after making his Portugal debut in 2003, the striker scored his first goal in a group stage match against Greece at Euro 2004.
In a 2-0 victory against Iran in 2006, he scored his first World Cup goal from the penalty spot. Four years later, he scored his second World Cup goal in a 7-0 demolition of North Korea in South Africa. However, even though Ronaldo scored both of Portugal’s goals in their 2-1 victory against Ghana at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the team ultimately went home early due to elimination in the group stage.
Ronaldo’s best World Cup performance came in 2018 in Russia, when he netted four times overall and had a hat trick in a 3-3 tie with Spain. In the 88th minute, a free-kick from 25 yards out sailed past United teammate David de Gea and into the top left corner.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s best performance in World Cup
The fourth-place result in the 2006 World Cup was Ronaldo and Portugal’s greatest performance at a major tournament together.
Ronaldo led Portugal to triumph against the hosts France in the Euro 2016 championship with a 1-0 victory, which stands as the player’s pinnacle moment in international football. The UEFA Nations League championship came three years later, making this a hat trick of sorts for Portugal.
With Cristiano, Portugal has reached the semifinals twice, and the nation has had the most successful fun of titles and wins. Jumping from a team with good players to title contenders. Cristiano is the national team’s most-capped player and holds the record for more goals for Portugal and the most international goals.