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Cristiano Ronaldo insists on Man Utd chapter after helping Portugal win

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Cristiano Ronaldo has insisted his chapter at Manchester United is ‘closed’ after making World Cup history just two days after cutting ties at Old Trafford to help Portugal beat Ghana 3-2 in their Group H opener.

Ronaldo, who is a free agent after his acrimonious split with United, became the first player to score in five World Cup finals when he cleared Portugal’s first from the penalty spot.

Andre Ayew’s equalizer appeared to briefly spoil Portugal’s party, but a quick brace from Joao Felix and substitute Rafael Leao restored the lead before Osman Bukari struck a late second for Ghana.

Speaking in Portuguese, which has been translated by FIFA, Ronaldo said: “It was a beautiful moment in my fifth World Cup.

“We started with our good foot. It’s very important to win. We know that in these competitions our first game is crucial.

“But also, being the only first player in five World Cups to score is something that makes me very proud.

“I’m very happy that the team got a good result, it was a tough game but a good result.”

Ronaldo, who was named official player of the match, answered just one question from reporters, only briefly discussing his falling out with United.

“It was an important step and we won,” he said. “It’s been a week since this chapter ended, it’s closed.

“We wanted to start off on the right foot. We won, I was able to help my team – and everything else doesn’t matter.

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By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org