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The top 5 most significant hat-tricks by Cristiano Ronaldo
- Updated: March 19, 2018
Real Madrid came out tops against an impressive Girona side that has shown that they fear no foe, will not sit back no matter the quality that the opposition throws in their faces, and will rather attack and try to get a share of the spoils. Well, the god mode Cristiano Ronaldo struck on the night, and Girona felt the wrath of one of the best ever players and I daresay most prolific goalscorer that the round leather game has ever seen.
Cristiano Ronaldo netted his 50th career hat-trick, as well as a quadruple on the night as Real took Girona to the cleaners, in an exciting attack laden encounter at the Santiago Bernabeu. His 4 goals in the game shot him up the scorer’s chart with him having scored 21 goals in his last 11 games. Cristiano Ronaldo who seemed to be facing a goal drought at the early stages of the season, with him being written off as a waning personality on the pitch now has a staggering 37 goals this season. He now has 22 goals in the La Liga, just 3 behind Lionel Messi.
This article examines some of his hat-tricks, as well as their significance based on the quality of the opposition as well as the scenario that prevailed at that moment.
5. Man United 6-0 Newcastle, Premier League, January 12, 2008
CR7’s first career hat-trick, and he did it in a Manchester United jersey against Newcastle in the Premier League. He played a significant part in Alex Ferguson’s side in that season, as they ended up winning the treble, with him scoring a whopping 31 goals in 34 Premier League appearances.
4. Atletico Madrid 0-3 Real Madrid, La Liga, November 19, 2016
Yeah! This was a local derby and Atletico had proved to be resilient under the touchline crazy Simeone and were also proving to a thorn in Real Madrid’s flesh aside Barcelona. Well, much more exciting was the fact that the PORTUGUESE JOB was started and ended by CR7, as he stunned the Vicente Calderon with a sweet hat-trick, which saw Real Madrid extend their lead at the top of the La Liga and ultimately end up as League winners in that season. It was his 39th career hat-trick.
3. Real Madrid 3-0 Wolfsburg, Champions League quarter-final 2nd leg, April 12, 2016
A decisive game which Real Madrid came into with a 2 goal deficit having lost the first leg in Germany with no away goal to show. It was a win that would see them eventually end up as UCL winners against city rivals Atletico at the San Siro. He provided the opener on the night, and also the second to ensure that Real equaled the goal advantage. An away goal from the German outfit would have sent chills down the spines of the faithful at the Bernabeu who had come to cheer their side on. Ronaldo completed his hat-trick with a 25-yard freekick in the last 13 minutes of the game to send Real Madrid through on the night. If a hat-trick in football was ever consequential and decisive, this was one!
2.Real Madrid 4-2 Bayern Munich, Champions League quarter-final 2nd leg, April 18, 2017
A clash for the gods of European football and the Portuguese star stood up to be counted and repped his side when called upon to secure a much-needed victory on the night against the very formidable Bayern Munich who had taken the game into extra time. CR7 scored twice in 5 minutes, with his third on the night culminating in 100 goals in Europe’s elite football club competition. With his contribution and the victory, the possibility of back to back win the UCL was very much likely, and it materialized.
1. Sweden 2-3 Portugal, World Cup qualifier – European play-off 2nd leg, 19 November, 2013
This was one for the national team and Ronaldo gave it his best to ensure that Portugal would be represented in Brazil 2014. Zlatan on one side. CR7 on one side and the latter came out victorious courtesy of his impressive hat-trick against the Swedes that saw Portugal run out 4:2 winners on aggregate.