Ronaldo sets international hat-trick record

Tuesday 12 October 2021 22:22

Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first player in men's international football to score 10 hat-tricks for his country.

The Manchester United and Portugal legend scored his 113th, 114th and 115th international goals during a 5-0 rout of Luxembourg.

The 36-year-old opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the eighth minute, and then converted another spot-kick just five minutes later to double Portugal's lead.

Bruno Fernandes and Joao Palhinha added further strikes, before Ronaldo headed home a Ruben Neves cross in the final few minutes of normal time, to complete his 58th career hat-trick.
Bruno also found the net during Portugal's 5-0 romp.
Ronaldo fired his ninth international hat-trick back in 2019, against Lithuania, which took him level with Sweden's Sven Rydell (1923-1932) for most hat-tricks in international football.
Against Luxembourg he edged beyond Rydell and became the first player to reach double figures.
In September, Cristiano became the overall leading scorer in men's international football, by netting his 110th and 111th strikes, during a dramatic 2-1 victory over the Republic of Ireland.
Wednesday was a busy evening for United players at international level, with three further Reds, after Ronaldo and Fernades, also seeing action.
Victor Lindelof captained Sweden to a 2-0 success over Greece in Group B.
Scott McTominay's Scotland beat the Faroe Islands away, with a late goal from Lyndon Dykes, to maintain second position in Group F.
Luke Shaw played the entirety of England's 1-1 draw with Hungary, but conceded a penalty to enable the visitors to take the lead at Wembley. The Three Lions remain three points clear at the top of Group I, however.
Jadon Sancho (England) and Diogo Dalot (Portugal) were unused substitutes.