Ronaldo equalled Puskas' record of 84 - scored in just 89 matches - with a thrilling hat-trick in Friday's absorbing 3-3 draw with pool rivals Spain.
Portugal will take on Iran on Monday in their final game of Group B - with them expected to storm to the quarters.
The strike takes his personal tally in this World Cup to four, his all-time total to seven (he's in the top 30 now, for what it's worth) and his overall global count to 85, one more than Ferenc Puskas.
The victor of the group will face off against the runner-up of Group A, which will be either Russian Federation or Egypt, while the runner-up will face the victor of Group A.
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The scorer of 84 global goals posed with his young fan for a photograph, gave him the warmest hug and also signed his t-shirt, which was a Ronaldo jersey.
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"We held our own against the European champions", Benatia said.
The Portugal forward celebrated his goal with a trademark run and soaring leap toward the corner flag at Luzhniki Stadium. The repercussions, with football-mad nation Qatar hosting in four years' time, could be wide-reaching.