Once again the king of International football was present among 'mortal men' and his presence was once again was like an electric surge powering the Portugal team as they cruised to a 5-0 victory of which three goals were his that night.
Cristiano Ronaldo finished from the penalty spot twice in five minutes, before heading in the last of the game to complete yet another hat-trick in his illustrious career. There was also a moment of brilliance where he attempted an overhead kick with fantastic control, but the Luxembourg Shot-stopper pulled off a 'miracle like save to deny Ronaldo of a 'Puskas-contending goal'.
Luxembourg is now the country Ronaldo has scored the most (8) in his International career and his hat-trick is his 10th International hat-trick, the most by any player in history. while his overhead kick didn't cross the line, the former Real Madrid man can still revel in the fact that he set yet another incredible record on Tuesday evening and this record could just make him a strong Contender for the ballon D'or this year.
With the 30-man nominee list released last week, Messi, Jorginho and Lewandowski have been tagged to be favourites, but then there could be a twist and Ronaldo could slip in between them with the mammoth International records that he made and shattered in this year alone.
In addition to his recent record as All-time Lord of International hat-tricks, The 36-year-old has broken the record of the most International goals in history (men's), The Euro 2021 Top Scorer, Most goals in the history of the Euro Championship, Most combined World Cup + Euro goals, Most Euro tournaments played in as well as most Euro tournaments scored in.
Records every time he comes on the pitch for a man who could just be the greatest ever male footballer on the planet. Should he captains Portugal to World Cup glory out in Qatar next year, there won't even be a debate about that.
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