How many times has Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo won the World Cup? History, wins, titles in men’s FIFA football tournament

The 2022 FIFA World Cup could see an international swansong for iconic duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, as Portugal and Argentina do battle in Qatar.

The pair’s rivalry has dominated world football for the last two decades, but as they approach their respective retirements Messi has already confirmed that this will be his last World Cup, and hinted that he will step away from Argentina altogether at the end of 2022.

Ronaldo’s situation is less clear, with the Manchester United forward holding hopes of playing on beyond 40. He will be central to Portugal’s chances in the Middle East.

Fernando Santos’ success at Euro 2016 secured a first major title for Portugal but their World Cup record lags behind their European rivals.

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How many times has Portugal won the World Cup?

Portugal have never won the World Cup, despite boasting some incredible players over the years, including Ronaldo, Luis Figo, Rui Costa and Eusebio.

A last-four spot in 2006 was a rare modern World Cup highlight for them, as Ronaldo has consistently been left frustrated on the biggest international stage.

Portugal World Cup history

Portugal’s talented stars have shone for their clubs, but there has been a history of underperformance on the international scene, as they aim to send Ronaldo out on a high in 2022.

Euro 2016 offered an initial springboard for a new generation of Portuguese superstars, including Manchester City trio Bernardo Silva, Ruben Dias and Joao Cancelo, and Qatar will be an interesting testing ground for them.

World Cup  Stage Reached Record (W-D-L) Goals Scored
1930 DNE*
1934 DNQ**
1938 DNQ
1950 DNQ
1954 DNQ
1958 DNQ
1962 DNQ
1966 Third Place 5-0-1 17
1970 DNQ
1974 DNQ
1978 DNQ
1982 DNQ
1986 Group Stage 1-0-2 2
1990 DNQ
1994 DNQ
1998 DNQ
2002 Group Stage 1-0-2 6
2006 Fourth Place 4-1-2 7
2010 Round of 16 1-2-1 7
2014 Group Stage  1-1-1 4
2018 Round of 16 1-2-1 6

*Did not enter

**Did not qualify

Cristiano Ronaldo World Cup record 

Ronaldo will join the five World Cup tournament appearances club in Qatar, after making his competition debut for Portugal back in 2006.

His first taste of World Cup football proved to be his most successful to date, with Luis Felipe Scolari’s side edged out by Zinedine Zidane’s France in the last four.

Aside from that, Ronaldo has never gone beyond the last 16 with his national side, and Qatar could be last-chance saloon for the 37-year-old.

Here’s how his previous World Cup stats breakdown:

World Cup Stage Opponent Mins Played Goals Scored
Group Stage (2006) Angola 60 0
Group Stage (2006) Iran 90 1
Round of 16 (2006) Netherlands 34 0
Quarterfinals (2006) England 120 0
Group Stage (2010) Ivory Coast 90 0
Group Stage (2010) North Korea 90 1
Group Stage (2010) Brazil 90 0
Round of 16 (2010) Spain 90 0
Group Stage (2014) Germany 90 0
Group Stage (2014) United States 90 0
Group Stage (2014) Ghana 90 1
Group Stage (2018) Spain 90 3
Group Stage (2018) Morocco 90 1
Group Stage (2018) Iran 83 0
Round of 16 (2018) Uruguay 90 0

Portugal 2022 World Cup schedule

Portugal’s quest for a maiden World Cup sees them play African giants Ghana first up in Doha. 

A crunch match against Uruguay is next up before Portugal round off group-stage action against South Korea. 

The likes of Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon would then await in the Round of 16, depending on where Portugal finish in their group. 

Group H match schedule

Date Match Time (ET) Stadium
Thu, Nov. 24 Portugal vs. Ghana 11:00 a.m. Stadium 974
Mon, Nov. 28 Portugal vs. Uruguay 2:00 p.m. Lusail Stadium
Fri, Dec. 2 Portugal vs. South Korea 10:00 a.m. Education City Stadium

Potential knockout round schedule — if Portugal finishes 1st in Group H

Date Match Time (ET) Stadium
Tue, Dec. 6 Round of 16 2:00 p.m. Lusail Stadium
Sat, Dec. 10 Quarterfinals 10:00 a.m. Al Thumama Stadium
Wed, Dec. 14 Semifinals 2:00 p.m. Al Bayt Stadium
Sat, Dec. 17* Third Place Match 10:00 a.m. Khalifa International Stadium
Sun, Dec. 18 Final 10:00 a.m. Lusail Stadium

*Only in event of defeat in semifinals

Potential knockout schedule — if Portugal finishes 2nd in Group H

Date Match Time (ET) Stadium
Mon Dec. 5 Round of 16 2:00 p.m. Stadium 974
Fri, Dec. 9 Quarterfinals 10:00 a.m. Education City Stadium
Tue, Dec. 13 Semifinals 2:00 p.m. Lusail Stadium
Sat, Dec. 17* Third Place Match 10:00 a.m. Khalifa International Stadium
Sun, Dec. 18 Final 10:00 a.m. Lusail Stadium

*Only in event of defeat in semifinals

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