Cristiano Ronaldo Nets 50th Career Hat-Trick In Real Madrid's 6-3 Win Over Girona At The Bernabeu
Cristiano Ronaldo’s winter goal drought was a distant memory as he defied his critics last night, scoring his 50th career hat-trick.
His half-century came as he netted four in Real Madrid’s 6-3 win over Girona, upping his season tally to 37 – and his career total to 645.
The 33-year-old has amassed 44 hat-tricks in 288 appearances for Real since 2009, after only managing one for Manchester United in six years there.
It seems maturity agrees with a player who had only scored two goals in nine LaLiga outings by November, leading critics to suggest he was past his peak; at this rate, Ronaldo is scoring three in every 6.5 games.
Sevilla suffer particularly at Ronaldo’s feet, having been on the receiving end of five of his hat-tricks, while Getafe, Espanyol, Celta Vigo and derby rivals Atletico Madrid do not fare much better, having all conceded three Ronaldo triples each.
Meanwhile Malaga, Levante, Deportivo la Coruna, Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad have all conceded two to the Portuguese talisman, while of the 23 other teams who have let him score a hat-trick once, Newcastle are the only English side.
His maiden triple was against the Toon on January 12, 2008, when a glimmer of the magic to come was displayed as the then 22-year-old scored half of United’s six at Old Trafford.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored only one hat-trick for Manchester United, against Newcastle in January 2008
Incredibly, they accounted for just a fraction – a 14th, to be precise – of his tally for that season, where his 42 goals were a driving force for United’s double success in the Premier League and Champions League.
Since then, Ronaldo has amassed 49 more and eclipsed his only tangible rival Lionel Messi, who scored his 44th hat-trick for Argentina against Ecuador last October in a World Cup qualifier but has since plateaued.
However, combining these stars’ tallies would only equal two more than Pele’s total of 92 career hat-tricks. The Brazil legend retired at 36, back in 1977 – and Ronaldo has got some catching up to do to match that record.
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