Record Breaker Ronaldo: 1st Hatrick of FIFA18, Greatest Footballer the Planet has Ever Seen?

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat trick brought him level with Ferenc Puskas for the most international goals by a European player, while he also reached a number of World Cup landmarks in Portugal’s 3-3 draw with Spain in Sochi, Russia, on Friday. The most sensational of World Cup games: a pulsating 3-3 draw that felt like it properly and finally set Russia 2018 off.

Ronaldo scored his 82nd, 83rd and 84th career goals for Portugal to match Puskas, who played for Hungary from 1945 to 1956 and for whom FIFA has named its Goal of the Year Award.

Among players from all continents, Ronaldo now trails only Ali Daei, who scored 109 goals for Iran from 1993 to 2006.

At 33, Ronaldo also became the oldest player to score a hat trick in the World Cup, breaking the record of Dutch forward Rob Rensenbrink, who was nearly 31 at the 1978 World Cup.

“I am very happy,” he said after the game. “This is the product of a lot of years of work. People have always believed in me and I work hard for my country. The World Cup just started. We can go through this group phase, we know it is going to be tough, difficult but we have to focus on each match, and go match by match.”

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