Cristiano Ronaldo makes more history as Portugal beat Morocco

Portugal vs Morocco

Only Ali Daei of Iran, who scored 109 worldwide goals, is ahead of Ronaldo in the world list.

If Morocco is to have any hope at getting out of the group, it needs what appears to be an improbable result against the reigning European champion.

"As I've said it's a big honour to play with him, he's the best footballer in the world", said Silva, who has scored an impressive 12 goals in 24 global appearances.

For what it's worth, Ali Daei has the overall worldwide record with an insane 109 global goals for Iran.

Morocco began with intent from the first whistle and created a chance in the first minute.

It was Ronaldo's 51st career hat-trick, and the 51st in the tournament's history, as the Real Madrid star became just the fourth player to score in four World Cups. A second loss for Morocco will all but eliminate them, while a Portugal loss will put them into a must-win scenario against Iran in a few days.

Cristiano Ronaldo will attempt to follow up his World Cup opening game heroics for Portugal against a Morocco side licking their wounds after a crushing last-gasp defeat.




Fernando Santos has no injury concerns heading into the game.

The former Sporting CP and Manchester United ace moved ahead of Hungary icon Ferenc Puskas (84 goals) after quickly heading past Morocco in Moscow.

Portugal is in Group D of this year's tournament alongside Spain, Morocco and Iran.

Joao Mario, a key player in the team which won the European Championship two years ago, replaced Manuel Fernandes while Goncalo Guedes kept his place in attack, again being preferred to Andre Silva.

Can Morocco summon the spirit of '86 and pull off an historic win over Portugal or will the Portuguese all-but confirm their progression to the next round?

Santos refused to reveal if he would make changes to his team, but he was joined at Tuesday's press conference by Pepe, who added: "They're strong as a whole".

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