Cristiano Ronaldo Records Hat Trick vs. Spain

Cristiano Ronaldo
Image Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring against Spain

17 June, 2018

That hat-trick was, incredibly, Ronaldo's 51st for club and country, as well as being the 51st scored at a World Cup. The match ended in a 3-3 draw.

Fortunately for Ronaldo - and Portugal for that matter - De Gea's attempt at mind games achieved very little and the striker hit the back of the net.

"We have to look to the next match now because our goal is to win", Ronaldo said.

However, he missed a great opportunity by two-touching the ball when he should have one-timed it at the net.

On the eve of the match, Spanish media reported that Ronaldo agreed to plead guilty and pay a fine of 18.8 million euros ($21.8 million). And a dramatic late Ronaldo free kick cancelled out second-half goals from Costa and Nacho to secure a thrilling draw on the night. The 33-year-old joined Brazil's Pele (1958-70), West Germany's Uwe Seeler (1958-70) and Germany's Miroslav Klose (2002-14) as the only players to score in four World Cups.

On Ronaldo's free-kick strike rate in major worldwide tournaments - the goal was his first in 45 attempts - Mourinho added that Ronaldo is well practiced from the dead ball.

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Portugal will face Morocco on Wednesday in their next group game, while Spain take on Iran.

This was Ronaldo's sixth hat-trick for Portugal with the previous five coming against Northern Ireland, Sweden, Armenia, Andorra and Faroe Islands.

The award for the top goalscorer at this year's World Cup is set to be one of the most hotly contested in years with an array of attacking talent descending on Russian Federation this summer.

A VAR review confirmed the foul and Ronaldo then finished the job from the spot, sending Spain goalkeeper David De Gea the wrong way to give Portugal a surprising early lead.

"It wasn't an easy situation". But you have the chance to work with a team with so many good players, young and experienced, it makes everything much easier.

It was an exciting start to one of the group-stage's most anticipated matches and it didn't take long before Ronaldo struck first.

Ronaldo made a nice stepover move to get past Fernandez, his Real Madrid teammate, and was fouled at the edge of the area.

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