Cristiano Ronaldo is back. The leading scorer of the Portuguese team once again showed the best version of him, the one that in recent months he has not been able to show in Manchester, in the first match of the World Cup in Qatar this Thursday against Ghana. He scored, won, broke a record and ended with a smile an afternoon of football that began, for him, with tears in his eyes.

The sound of the Portuguese anthem reminded Cristiano of the hard road he has traveled in recent months to reach the World Cup, and tears came to his eyes before the kick-off. The death of his son, the lack of results, the break with Erik Ten Hag that has led him to leave Manchester United through the back door… too much burden for a player who knows that he is facing his last chance in a World Cup, and that it is time to demonstrate.

Thus, once the ball began to roll, all that was left behind. He was one of the most active men in a game that was difficult to digest, he caused a penalty at the hour of the game that he ended up scoring and, thanks to the contributions of Joao FĂ©lix and Rafael Leao, he guided Portugal to a new victory that Ghana insisted on – without fortune- in avoiding.