Ronaldo, 33, followed his hat trick in last Friday's 3-3 draw with Spain by scoring his 85th career goal for Portugal in the Russian capital to overtake Puskas, who played for Hungary from 1945 to 1956 and for whom Federation Internationale de Football Association has named its Goal of the Year Award.
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"Our full concentration is now on Portugal and we have a very hard task ahead of us, but we are determined to get this win", said the midfielder, who missed Iran's win over Morocco in their opening game due to suspension. In 26 matches competitive matches since he took over in September 2014, Portugal have won 20 and lost once.
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That's all before the second round of matches continues with three more contests, including the return of Cristiano Ronaldo's thighs, Luis Suarez's Uruguay and 2010 world champions Spain.
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Petersburg for the World Cup qualifying draw. "I was welcomed here, and I have to say, and I've had the impression sometimes that time has stopped - I still feel part of it".
Mehdi Benatia forced a smart low save from Rui Patricio at a corner for Morocco before Hakim Ziyach skipped his way into the Portugal area, his goal-bound effort blocked by an outstretched leg. "We have to continue pushing forward and have to change certain things and get more of the ball".
Will the final match of the day be the best one of the group stages? "Only then do you focus on the next stage which is all or nothing as a knockout".
"I´m not disappointed about the performance", Renard said. "I´m very happy, it´s a nice personal record to have, one more in my career", Ronaldo said. Being Portuguese and having him in the team is just incredible. Why not? If you look at our squad a lot of us have beards.
"Two years ago we started a new journey, we were ranked 81st".
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have been battling for the title of "Best Footballer on the Planet" for nearly a decade, but at the World Cup, it appears Ronaldo is growing out his goatee to prove he's the real "GOAT".