World Cup 2022: En-Nesyri’s Winner for Morocco Breaks Ronaldo’s Record

World Cup 2022: En-Nesyri’s Winner for Morocco Breaks Ronaldo’s Record

Fred Kennedy
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:20 PM
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  • Youssef En-Nesyri found himself in the global limelight after Morocco knocked out Portugal
  • The Sevilla attacker rose to head home Yahya Attiat-Allah's well-floated cross in the quarters
  • It has emerged that in the process, En-Nesyri broke a record set by veteran Cristiano Ronaldo

Youssef En-Nesyri's stunner for Morocco during the 2022 World Cup has broken one of Cristiano Ronaldo's long-standing records.

En-Nesyri was the man of the moment for the Atlas Lions during their quarter-final meeting with Portugal on Saturday.

Morocco, who have enjoyed a sensational run in the ongoing tournament, sunk Ronaldo's Portugal 1-0 to become the first African country to reach the World Cup semis.

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Youssef En-Nesyri scores during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 quarter-final match between Morocco and Portugal at the Al Thumama Stadium. Photo by Ayman Aref.
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En-Nesyri rose the highest to meet Yahya Attiat-Allah’s brilliant cross, which he headed home to hand his side the lead.

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The forward's powerful header in the 42nd minute of the cracker made the ultimate difference as Fernando Santos' men exited the competition.

En-Nesyri goal breaks Ronaldo's record

It has now emerged that beyond helping the North Africans book a historic spot in the World Cup semis, En-Nesysri also achieved a landmark milestone.

According to Goal, the Sevilla attacker's goal has shattered Ronaldo's record for the highest-headed goal.

The publication reports that the Moroccan star jumped an incredible 2.78m to meet the cross, higher than Ronaldo's iconic header for Juventus against Sampdoria back in December 2019, which was a little over 2.5 metres.

Meanwhile, the Atlas Lions will now be hoping to overcome holders France in the semis to reach the tournament final.

Regragui reveals World Cup secret

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Morocco head coach Walid Regragui has opened up on the motivation behind his side's stunning 2022 World Cup campaign.

The Atlas Lions have been in flawless form in Qatar, with the side inking their names in history books following their win over Portugal on Saturday.

The North Africans silenced the Europeans 1-0 during their quarter-final meeting, to become the first country on the continent to advance to the last four in the history of the tournament.

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Fred Kennedy has a Bachelor's degree in journalism (Daystar University), currently working as a Sports Editor. He has more than five years of experience in digital journalism.