Did Ronaldo win a world championship

Cristiano Ronaldo and his World Cup history: CR7 between bankruptcies, bad luck and breakdowns

Cristiano Ronaldo is without a doubt one of the greatest footballers of all time. The Portuguese is playing his fourth world championship in Russia and wants to lead the Selecao to their first world title after winning the European championship sensationally. SPOX looks back on the previous World Cup tournaments of CR7.

At club level, the superstar has already won almost everything that top European football has to offer: he won the Champions League four times, the Premier League three times, the Primera Division twice and numerous other trophies at Manchester United and Real Madrid.

There are also five Ballons d'Or and three elections for Europe's Footballer of the Year. For a long time it looked different at the international level. With Portugal, CR7 regularly missed out on major tournaments. But then came the surprising win of the European Championship in 2016.

In the final, the Portuguese beat hosts France 1-0. Particularly dramatic was the fact that Ronaldo had to be replaced early with an injury - but tirelessly cheered his team on from the edge of the field.

CR7 at the 2006 World Cup in Germany: Public enemy number 1

After Ronaldo made his debut for the national team in 2003, the then 21-year-old took part in the World Cup for the first time in 2006. He formed an important support in Luiz Felipe Scolari's team, alongside world stars such as Luis Figo, Simao, Deco and Pauleta.

At that time, Ronaldo was already a rising star in the football sky and the World Cup was to be his next big career step. With the jersey number 17 (Figo still had the 7 at the time) CR7 played in six games and even reached the semi-finals with Portugal.

Ronaldo scored his first ever World Cup goal with a penalty in the second group game against Iran and the Portuguese survived the group stage with comparatively no problems. In the round of 16, Portugal met the Netherlands, which in retrospect went down in World Cup history as the "Battle of Nuremberg".

Fourth red cards and 16 yellow cards are still a record for a World Cup. Bitter for CR7: After Boulahrouz got on board, the shooting star had to leave the pitch in the 34th minute. Even without him, his country retained the upper hand and went through a gate from Maniche in the next round.

The quarter-final game against the Three Lions was a very special one for the then Manchester United player. England lost on penalties and Ronaldo was declared public enemy number one. He was not only instrumental in the red card for Wayne Rooney, but also converted the crucial final penalty.

In the semifinals, however, it was over against France. With an unadorned 1-0 penalty from Zidane in the 33rd minute, the Equipe Tricolore moved into the final against Italy - Portugal and Ronaldo only had the game for third place. There, however, the Selecao hosts Germany were clearly defeated with 1-3.

CR7 at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa: the burden of a whole nation

The 2010 Vuvuzela World Cup in South Africa was a completely different star for Ronaldo. He was no longer the up-and-coming super talent, but after his record move to Real Madrid for 94 million euros, he was the most expensive player in football history, Portugal's captain and reigning world footballer.

However, the striker had an absolute dry spell in the national team at that time and did not score a single goal in the World Cup qualifying. Without the resigned stars Figo, Deco and Pauleta, the burden of the entire nation was now on Ronaldo's shoulders, which in the end could not be borne by him.

Carlos Queiroz's troops survived the group stage with Brazil, North Korea and Ivory Coast undefeated, but CR7 only managed a goal in their 7-0 victory over North Korea - their first at international level in 16 months.

But Portugal's hopes for the World Cup should already be over in the round of 16 against eventual world champions Spain: David Villa's goal in the 63rd minute was enough to push La Roja into the quarter-finals. Ronaldo acted again inconspicuously and received a lot of criticism from the domestic media, as well as from his coach - without a doubt the international low of the world footballer.

"Portugal needs Ronaldo and Ronaldo needs the national team," Quiroz said after the elimination AFP: "But if this shirt (the Portugal jersey) annoys some players, then they have no reason to be here." CR7 had previously replied to the question of reasons for the departure that it would be better to ask the coach.

CR7 at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil: knee problems and qualifying round

After the bitter disappointment at the last World Cup finals, everything should change for the better for Portugal in 2014. Ronaldo was again the reigning winner of the Ballon d'Or and at the same time had only impressively won the Champions League with Real Madrid.

However, Ronaldo's fitness was a big problem: Before the tournament began, he had to skip many training units with persistent knee problems, but still played all three group games in full, even if he was obviously not 100% fit.

However, the first group game against Germany was a disaster: After Pepe flew off the pitch with Glattrot in the first half, the Portuguese went 4-0 against Jogi's team and thus experienced Portugal's highest world championship defeat in history.

In the following game against Klinsmann's US-Americans, Ronaldo's squad didn't get past a late 2-2 and therefore had to win the last group game against Ghana in order to somehow keep the World Cup dreams alive.

Ronaldo scored the final 2-1 with ten minutes before the end, making himself the first Portuguese to score at three different World Cups, but it wasn't enough to advance. After the disappointing elimination at the 2010 World Cup, the failure in the group stage in 2014 marked a new low in Ronaldo's World Cup career.

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