On 22 June 2006, almost exactly six years ago to the day, Ronaldo drew level with Gerd Muller in the FIFA World Cup™ finals scoring charts, thanks to a brace in Brazil’s 4-1 victory over Japan at the group stage of the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany. The double strike took the three-time FIFA World Player of the Year up to 14 goals at the finals.
In the subsequent 3-0 Round of 16 victory over Ghana, the ruthless finisher claimed his 15th goal in 19 matches at the FIFA World Cup, setting a record which stands to this day and cementing a lasting legacy for the ex-striker, who is currently a member of the Local Organising Committee for the 2014 event.
In a video interview from the FIFA.com archives, the man who is now 35 recounts and discusses his recollections of the FIFA World Cup. To mark the milestone he passed at the 2006 finals, we present our tribute to one of the greatest strikers of all time, as he recalls a host of moving moments and magical memories from football’s most prestigious event.
See for yourself what Ronaldo had to say..