A few hours ago, Cristiano Ronaldo captained Portugal against Luxembourg in the world cup qualifiers in group A. The Portuguese star who was making his 182 caps for his national team was looking to boost his international goal tally and records.
The five time golden boot winner didn't disappoint as he scored a brilliant hat-trick to give his national team all three points in a five thriller. While he previously participated in Portugal's 3-0 friendlies against Qatar, this game was a competitive one as it could determine if the Portugal national team is able to participate in the upcoming World Cup, joining hosts,Qatar,Germany and Denmark who have already qualified for the competition.
Cristiano Ronaldo,Bruno Fernandes and Jão Palhinha were all on the score sheet as Portugal sent five goals past a helpless Luxembourg,with Cristiano Ronaldo wrapping the whole show up with an 87' minute hat-trick for his team.
Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick against Luxembourg means that he has now scored 9 times against them,the most against any team he has ever faced in a Portugal shirt.
Here are four notable records that were broken by Cristiano Ronaldo in Portugal's 5-0 win over Luxembourg in the World Cup Qualifiers a few hours ago;
1. Became first player to record 10 international hat-tricks
Cristiano Ronaldo's late minute hat-trick saw him making history as the first player to register 10 hat-tricks in international level. The Portuguese star who always steps up when his team needs him most sealed his hat-trick in the 87' minute of the game, therefore becoming the first international player to score 10 hat-tricks.
2. Extended his international goal tally to 115 for the Portugal national team
After previously scoring in Portugal's 3-0 win over Qatar in a friendly game, Cristiano Ronaldo made history by netting a hat-trick to extend his international goals to 115. It will take a determined footballer years of hard work to break Cristiano Ronaldo's current international goal tally,as he surpassed Dae Ali's former record of 109 goals.
3. Reached a milestone of 794 career goals
As it stands now, Cristiano Ronaldo needs just 6 goals to hit 800 career goals,the most by any footballer,both active and retired. While the five time ballon d'or winner will be hoping to reach this milestone at Old Trafford,there is also a high probability of him making the record while still at the Portugal national team.
4. Recorded his 58th career hat-tricks
Cristiano Ronaldo reached 58 career hat-tricks after his dazzling performance against Luxembourg,and will hope to extend it further to 60 or more. While he currently has only one hat-trick for the Red Devils,he registered 44 and 3 for Real Madrid and Juventus respectively. His 10 international hat-tricks brought his total career hat-tricks to 58.
While the international break isn't over yet, Cristiano Ronaldo will return to Old Trafford soon to resume training and be fit for the Red Devils game against Leicester City in the Premier League this weekend.
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