There was a time when hat-tricks were rare, illusive things but Cristiano Ronaldo has practically made a habit of making them commonplace, especially over the latter half of his career.
Indeed, the Real Madrid star scored the 50th hat-trick of his career (for both club and country) in Sunday night’s 6-3 victory over Girona – that’s 44 for Real, one for Manchester United and five for Portugal.
After opening the scoring in the 11th minute then adding Real’s second in the 47th, Ronaldo completed his treble shortly after the hour-mark when he was Johnny-on-the-spot to tap home Karim Benzema’s rebound…
As if three wasn’t impressive enough, Ronaldo then added a fourth (the ‘Poker’ goal, as they call it in Spain) in stoppage time when he steered Toni Kroos’ through-ball past Yassine Bounou from 12 yards out.
That takes Ronaldo’s season goal tally to 37, thus making him the top goalscorer across all five of Europe’s top leagues.
Indeed, he has now scored more league goals (17) in 2018 than Manchester United (15) have mustered as a collective.
Not bad for somebody who is supposed to be having a quiet one by his own lofty standards.