Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in Portugal’s 5-0 win over Luxembourg in Group A of the World Cup qualifiers last night to bring his tally to 115 international goals, putting him six ahead of the former striker Iranian Ali Daei and 35 ahead of Lionel Messi, who scored his 80th goal for Argentina this weekend.
As he stretched one record, Ronaldo claimed another – becoming the first man to score 10 hat tricks in international football.
“I promised I would always look for more and more!” Ronaldo wrote on Instagram after the game. “It’s in my and our DNA, we will never settle, we will never give up and we will always fight for whatever we can achieve! Go Portugal!”
His three goals bring the 36-year-old’s career total for club and country to an incredible 58 hat tricks, and as has been the case with many of them, he was helped along the way by a penalty.
Ronaldo opened the scoring on the spot after just seven minutes – scoring his penalty in the center after a foul on Bernardo Silva.
The Manchester United striker lined up for his second penalty of the game minutes later, dusting himself off after being knocked down by Luxembourg goalkeeper Anthony Moris.
The referee ordered Ronaldo to retake his second successful penalty for encroachment, but he comfortably extended Portugal’s lead to two on his second attempt.
Manchester United team-mate Bruno Fernandes added a third goal just before the 18-minute mark as Portugal threatened to score a cricket goal, but Luxembourg held on to keep the three-sided gap until that Joao Palhinha comes home from a corner halfway through the second half.
The Sporting midfielder celebrated with an ode to Ronaldo’s ‘Siuuuu’ jump, a tribute Ronaldo would no doubt have appreciated more than Andros Townsend’s tribute after his equalizer against United two weeks ago.
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With four minutes remaining in regulation time, the original designer picked up the movement for himself – celebrating in his usual style after completing his hat trick via a close range header.
The victory puts Portugal one point behind Group A leaders Serbia with one game less. The two teams hold an unattainable lead over the rest of the squad and face each other in their final qualifying match.