Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo made history on Thursday as the first male player to score in five World Cups.

Ronaldo made the record during Portugal's opening game in Qatar against Ghana.

The Portugal captain scored in the 65th minute from the penalty spot to open the scoring at Doha's Stadium 974.

37-yr-old Ronaldo is the most prolific goal scorer in men's international football and has made a record 18 appearances for Portugal at a World Cup.

"It's a beautiful moment, in my fifth World Cup. We won, we started off on the right foot, a very important victory," Ronaldo said.

His latest landmark comes after he left Manchester United by "mutual agreement" earlier this week.

The forward made his Portugal debut in 2003 and scored his first goal 10 months later during a Euro 2004 group stage game against Greece.

His first World Cup goal, in 2006, was from the penalty spot in a 2-0 win over Iran.

Ronaldo’s next World Cup goal came four years later in South Africa in a 7-0 rout of North Korea.

The first player to score in five World Cups, men's or women's, was Marta in 2019, and Christine Sinclair matched the feat that same year.