Records broken by Cristiano Ronaldo after his hattrick against Spain
It is a dream of many to score their first professional hat-trick and take the matchball home but imagine taking 51 match balls. It is hard to score 51 goals, but the man from Madeira has scored his 51st hat-trick against Spain, which is also his sixth for his nation. When Ronaldo stepped up and curled his effort past Busquets there was only one stop; past De Gea and into the net. Ronaldo has been prolific for his country since 2012, and his hat-trick against Spain adds La Roja to the list of Northern Ireland, Armenia, Sweden, Andorra, and Faroe Islands. He has 44 for Madrid, one for United, and six for Portugal.
Is the second highest goal scorer in International football
Just when you thought Ronaldo couldn’t peak anymore, and certainly not at the age of 33. However, he has proved every assumption against him wrong, and his form with his country has been an upward spiral since Euro 2012. He is now the joint second highest goal scorer in International football, sharing the record with Ferenc Puskas. However, the Hungarian legend scored in 89 matches, while it took Ronaldo 151 matches. However, he is the leading scorer in terms of active players and his closest rival is Sunil Chettri of India and of course his eternal rival Lionel Messi, 64.
First player to score a hat-trick against La Roja
Ronaldo became the first player to score against La Roja in a World Cup, and he couldn’t have picked up a better opponent. Ronaldo emerged from United but peaked since he joined Real Madrid in 2009 and has known his Iberian neighbours better than anybody else. However, his record against them had been dismal as he went goalless despite playing 255 minutes against them. He almost scored a stunner only to be denied by his compatriot Nani who went in there carelessly and conceded offside. Ronaldo has been quiet against his teammate Ramos and his much reveredopponent in Barca colours Pique. However, when he stepped up against De Gea to convert the penalty he broke his draught and went on to add two more.
Oldest to score hat-trick in World Cup
Ronaldo has shown age is just a number and his latest hat-trick has just been another testament to his unimpeded physicality and determination. When he struck his free kick, he broke the record held by Rob Rensenbrink of Netherlands who scored a hat-trick in the 1978 edition albeit he was 30 years old at that time. Ronaldo has set the bar high and this age bar looks unbreakable.
Ronaldo has scored in 9 consecutive International tournaments
His first goal against La Roja meant that Ronaldo has scored in 9 consecutive International tournaments, the 9 that he has ever took part in. His saga started from 2004 Euro held in his hometown where he scored two and left the pitch in tears after Greece broke his and his nation’s heart in the final. 14 years since, Ronaldo has competed in 8 more events and won the Euro 2016 silverware. He has scored 17 goals in these 9 tournaments. However, his form in the World Cup has been questionable, but this World Cup hoodoo could end with this edition.