Goals are notoriously hard to come by, and getting three of them in a single game even more so.
But Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has now become the first player ever to score 10 hat-tricks for his country.
Ronaldo netted a hat-trick while fellow club teammate Bruno Fernandes bagged himself an assist and a goal of his own as Portugal registered a 5-0 win over Luxembourg – sending United fans into meltdown.
The United player opened the scoring for his country from the penalty spot in the eighth minute after the spot-kick was awarded for a foul on Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva.
Ronaldo was then fouled by goalkeeper Anthony Moris for a second penalty just five minutes later.
After converting it once, Ronaldo was forced to take it a second time as Andre Silva was judged to be encroaching in the area.
The 36-year-old then completed his hat-trick just three minutes from time with a header from close range as he headed home a Ruben Neves cross to complete his 58th career hat-trick.
He had previously been level with Sweden’s Sven Rydell (1923-1932) for most hat-tricks in international football following his treble against Lithuania in 2019.
The Portuguese international broke the all-time record for international goals scored last month, which was previously held by Iran forward Ali Daei.
Shortly after his return to Old Trafford earlier this year, Ronaldo equalised in the 89th minute against Ireland to score his 110th goal for Portugal, bettering Daei’s record by one.
The Manchester United forward then scored again deep into stoppage time to complete a sensational comeback for his nation and extend his record to 111 international goals and bagged his 112th goal with a left-footed effort in the 37th minute of his nation’s friendly against Qatar on Saturday night.