Meet the South America’s World Cup top scorer.
South America, when it comes to soccer, is one of the continents that can be regarded as the continent of greatest football players. That is why they cannot be ignored when the most awaited tournament in the world of soccer, World Cup, kicks-off. It also shelters the most appeared country in the said competition, Brazil, and the home of the current greatest soccer player, Lionel Messi.
As we look into the history of this continent in the world’s most anticipated soccer competition, despite of the greatest players it fathers, there is only one who will crown as the number one top scorer of the said land mass in the World Cup record, and that is in the person of the Brazilian striker Ronaldo Luiz Nasario de Lima.
With a total of 15 goals in his World Cup appearances in 1998, 2002 and 2006, Ronaldo was once noted as not only the top scorer of South America but also of the world in the most prestigious competition in soccer field. Not until it was overcome by the German forward, Miroslav Klose, this recent World Cup with a total of 16 goals.
De Lima’s first goal in his World Cup experiences was started during the first round of the competition in the 9th minute of their match against Morocco with a final score of 3-0 in the 1998 World Cup.
Adding two goals on his record, Ronaldo strike in another score in the penalty kick of the 45th minute and in 69th minute of their match against Chile with a win total win score of 3-0 during the 2nd round of the 1998 World Cup.
Though they lost in the final match of his first appearance against France with score of 3-0, Ronaldo net in another one goal in his record during the 46th minute of semi-finals of that year’s World Cup against Netherlands.
On his second appearance in World Cup during 2002, Ronaldo goals in eight scores making his record with 12 goals in history. One from their match against Turkey, one against China, two against Costa Rica during the first round. One against Belgium on the 87th minute of their match during the second round.
One against Turkey on their rematch in the semi-final and two goals in the 67th and 79th minute of the final match of the 2002 World Cup.
Completing his 15-goal record in World Cup history, in his final appearance during the 2006 World Cup, Ronaldo Luiz Nasario de Lima kicked in another three goals. Two during their match against Japan in the first round and another one goal against Ghana during the second round.
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