Cristiano Ronaldo is the only male player in history to score a goal in five different World Cups. He ensured that was the case in Portugal‘s World Cup 2022 opener against Ghana. In the game against Uruguay, the former Real Madrid player disturbed Sergio Rochet just enough so that the Uruguayan goalkeeper did not see the ball fired by Bruno Fernandes.
The striker ran to celebrate the goal as his own, but modern soccer is full of snitches, even inside the official Adidas ball, called Rhila. The ball has a chip that determines when impact is made with the ball and none was made after it left Bruno‘s boot.
The striker’s joy was short-lived. The chip took his goal away away, and his gestures of disappointment as he watched the official announcement of the scorer’s name showed how he really felt. He lifted his head on a couple of occasions to confirm that the goal was not his.
As reported by Edu Aguirre on El Chiringuito, Portugal has strangely decided to request the goal be given to Cristiano, something that has not yet made it to FIFA.
But there is no debate. It’s like the offsides that are being highlighted by VAR. Everything is measured to the millimeter and the chip has left no room for doubt. It’s just that Cristiano Ronaldo wants the goal to have been his and not his teammate’s.
The World Cup ball has a chip inside it that detects each and every touch. This is set up around the semi-automatic offside, but it applies to all aspects of the game. Any impact on the ball has an influence in determining the position of a player, hence all touches are detected.
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