Cristiano Ronaldo set to join elite World Cup class

Cristiano Ronaldo set to join elite World Cup class

Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo is set to join an exclusive class when the World Cup starts in Qatar later this year. 

There were fears the star could miss the tournament after Portugal were forced into the play-offs, but a 2-0 win in the final match against North Macedonia ensured they will feature at the showpiece. 

Ronaldo's Man United teammate Bruno Fernades scored a goal in each half against the determined minnows, who had knocked out Italy in the semi-final. 

With many of the players eyeing their first tournament, it will be Ronaldo's fifth consecutive time at the World Cup. 

He will join Mexico duo Antonio Carbajal and Rafael Marquez as well as Germany legend Lothar Matthaus in the exclusive club. 

The 37-year-old was first selected for a World Cup in 2006, featuring alongside the likes of Luis Figo, Deco, and Ricardo Carvalho as Portgual went all the way to the quarters. 

Ronaldo has also scored in every tournament, but his total of 7 means he still has a long way to go to surpass, leave alone match Miroslav Klose's record of 16. 

If he manages to score in Qatar, he will become the first player to score in five different World Cup tournaments. He is currently on four, alongside Brazilian legend Pele, Uwe Seeler, and Klose. 

Ronaldo will not be on his own though as his eternal rival, Argentina Lionel Messi, will lead his South American side at the tournament. 

Messi, just like Ronaldo, first featured in the World Cup in 2006, and this will be his fifth tournament. 

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