Cristiano Ronaldo Extends Impressive Record Over Lionel Messi
Cristiano Ronaldo broke another all-time record this week and also extended an impressive milestone over his longstanding rival Lionel Messi.
The Portugal captain scored a poker against Lithuania in their 5–1 win on Tuesday, overtaking Robbie Keane as the top goalscorer in Uefa European Championship qualifiers.
Overall, he has now scored 93 goals in 160 international games, which saw him close in on Ali Daei’s world-record of 109 strikes.
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One of the lesser known milestones Ronaldo hit this week as well was his eighth hat-trick for A Selecao.
Overall, he now scored at least three goals on 54 occasions for club and country, extending his own record over Messi.
The Argentine has recorded 51 hat-tricks in his career to date – 33 on LaLiga, eight in the Uefa Champions League, three in the Copa del Rey, one in the Copa del Rey and six for Argentina.
Ronaldo, meanwhile, scored 34 hat-tricks in LaLiga, seven in the Champions League, two in the Copa del Rey, one at the Fifa Club World Cup – all from his time at Real Madrid.
In addition, he has also netted one treble for Manchester United, one for Juventus and now eight for Portugal to make it 54 career hat-tricks overall.
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