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The fans heading to the Portugal-Ghana game would have been expecting a great performance from the player.
He delivered at Stadium 974, which saw Portugal supporters leave smiling and the fans fromGhana leave with a sense of what could have been.
The perfect start to the World Cup was made possible by the fact that the first man to score at five different tournaments was Portugal's talismanic forward,Ronaldo, who scored twice in his team's win over the Black Stars.
The goal and result will help distract from the off-field issues that have clouded the build-up to the tournament.
In an interview with TalkTV last week, he was critical of Manchester United and their manager.
The chapter is closed because it was a week that finished. The rest doesn't matter, as long as I can help the team.
It was my fifth World Cup.
It is a very important win for us. In these tournaments, the first match is very important.
This is the first player to score five goals in a World Cup.
There was only one man in the large crowd.
A mother, son and daughter all wore 'Ronaldo 7' shirts as they got off the metro at the station.
Supporters were gathering and taking pictures with some running to recreate his famous 'Siu' celebration.
When he led his team out to warm up before the game, he received a loud cheer from the crowd and his name was read out in the team sheet.
As the side lined up for the national anthem, the camera panned to the first man in the line-up, and he looked quite emotional as he sang 'A Portuguese'.
His big moment came in the second half after he missed two big chances.
With Mohammed Salisu in attendance, the American referee pointed to the spot and the Portuguese forward converted with ease.
The football player jumped off the corner flag to perform his famous celebration.
Fernando Santo said that one of the best players of all time was from Portugal.
"CristianoRonaldo is a legend like many who have come and gone before." We will keep talking about him in 50 years.
After being replaced by Goncalo Ramos,Ronaldo was given a standing ovation and watched as Osman Bukari scored a goal for the Black Stars.
Roger Milla was the second-oldest player to score at the World Cup, at 42 years old.
He will be only 41 years old when the next tournament takes place.
Ivica Olic and Michael Laudrup are the third and fourth players to be both a country's oldest and youngest goal scorer at the World Cup.
He has scored at 10 major tournaments in a row.
Jose Fonte said thatRonaldo would have come into the World Cup with the record of scoring in five tournaments in mind.
He will be very proud to score in five World Cup.
He takes care of himself and it's great credit to him. It's a great achievement for him and his country.
Ruben Neves said that everyone knows who it is. The world's best player is him.
He is focused on the national team and we are fortunate to have him with us because he can help us a lot.
Had the referee decided that the ball was played or that the video assistant referee interfered, the goal would not have been scored byRonaldo.
Otto Addo wasn't happy after neither saved the country.
He said that the referee gave a penalty which was not a penalty. What's the reason? Is it because it'sRonaldo?
Addo was asked by a journalist if the penalty was given because of the fact thatRonaldo is a great player.
I don't know if he would have made a different decision for another person. The players made contact. I don't know what they were doing.
The ref was not in our favor.
Matt Upson, a former England defender, said it was a dive, but there wasn't enough to knock him down.
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