Cristiano Ronaldo scores yet another hat-trick in World Cup qualifier rout

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ronaldo Portugal’s 5-0 thumping of Luxembourg in last night’s World Cup qualifying Group A hat-trick took their total to 115 international goals, putting them six ahead of former Iran striker Ali Dei and 35 ahead of East . Lionel Messi, who scored his 80th goal for Argentina this weekend.

As he extended a record, Ronaldo claimed another – becoming the first man to score 10 hat-tricks in international football.

“I promised I would always seek more and more!” ronaldo wrote on instagram after the game. “It’s in me and in our DNA, we will never settle down, we will never give up and we will always fight for everything we can! Go to Portugal!”
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His three goals took his 36-year career total to 58 hat-tricks for club and country, and as has been the case for many of them, it was helped by penalties along the way.

Ronaldo opened the scoring from the spot after just seven minutes – the penalty was slipped straight down the middle after fouling Bernardo Silva.


The Manchester United forward was lined up for his second penalty of the match minutes later, dusting himself after being brought down by Luxembourg goalkeeper Anthony Morris.

The referee ordered Ronaldo to retake his second successful penalty for trespassing, but he comfortably extended Portugal’s lead to two on his second attempt.

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Manchester United teammate Bruno Fernandes added a third goal just before the 18-minute mark as Portugal threatened to run a cricketing score, but Luxembourg held firm to keep the gap at three until Joo Palinha. In the middle of the second half, he did not move from one corner to the house.

The Sporting midfielder celebrates with a tribute to Ronaldo’s trademark ‘siuou’ jump – a tribute he undoubtedly would have enjoyed more than Ronaldo Andros Townsend’s Tribute Following his draw against United two weeks ago.
Joo Palinha marks his goal with a Ronaldo-esque celebration.

With four minutes of regulation time left, the original producer took the move back for himself – celebrating in his customary style after the completion of his hat-trick via a close-range header.

The victory put Portugal one point behind Group A leaders Serbia with a game in hand. Both sides hold an unassailable lead over the rest of the group, and face each other in their final qualifying match.


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