2022-11-24 17:31:16

Cristiano Ronaldo becomes the first player to score in 5 separate World Cup finals

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By Andy Hall

As far as football dreams go, scoring at the World Cup finals has got to be pretty high up the list. Several players have represented their country at multiple different World Cup finals, but only a handful have actually played and scored in four different editions of the tournament.

Most players international careers dont last long enough for them to even have a chance of starring in four or five World Cups. There are a number of reasons for that - injuries, a drop in form or their team fails to qualify. Just five players have played at least one game in five different World Cup finals - Mexicos Andres Guardado could become the sixth if he gets a run-out in either of the next two games against Argentina and Saudi Arabia.

Players who have played in multiple World Cups

  • Antonio Carbajal (Mexico) 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966
  • Rafael Mrquez (Mexico) 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018
  • Lothar Matthus (Germany) 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998
  • Lionel Messi (Argentina) 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018, 2022
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018, 2022

Even fewer have managed to play in and score in four separate World Cup finals. Up until Qatar 2022, just four players had managed to do so - Pel, Uwe Seeler, Miroslav Klose and Cristiano Ronaldo. They were joined just the other day by Lionel Messi who tucked in a penalty in Argentinas opening group game against Saudi Arabia at Qatar 2022 to take his personal World Cup tally to seven in five different editions (2006, 2010, 2014, 2018, 2022). But Messi didnt find the net at all during his five appearances at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

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