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Cristiano Ronaldo misses chance of equalling World Cup record after Portugal's 2-1 loss to Serbia

Arjun Singh Devgan
Cristiano Ronaldo has so far played in four World Cup tournaments
Cristiano Ronaldo has so far played in four World Cup tournaments / Carlos Rodrigues/GettyImages

Footballing superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo suffered heartbreak on Sunday as Portugal lost 2-1 to Serbia in their final FIFA 2022 World Cup qualifying game as they missed out on automatic qualification for the tournament set to be held in Qatar.

Portugal only needed a draw at home to second-placed Serbia in Lisbon on Sunday night to book their place in next year’s tournament and despite taking the lead early on through Renato Sanches - Fernando Santos' side failed to hold on, eventually losing the game after Aleksandar Mitrovic scored in the last minute to give Serbia the win.

The loss on the night meant that Portugal will now need to win their playoff game to secure a spot in Qatar and it also meant that Ronaldo missed out on equalling a World Cup record as automatic qualification meant that he would be playing his fifth World Cup finals.

Former Germany captain, Lothar Matthaus along with Mexican duo of Rafael Marquez and Antonio Carbajal are the only other players who have competed in five different World Cups. The 36-year-old's long-term rival, Lionel Messi will have a chance to join this exclusive club next summer should Argentina – as expected – seal their place in tournament.