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.
— fantastachi🌹 (@xfantastachi) June 16, 2018
Appoint Cristiano Ronaldo as the leader of the world..How he leads Portugal is how u lead the bloody world,bow down to this king Donald Trump,u too sir!
— i love Zayn (@musicsdeath1) June 16, 2018
— Budweiser (@Budweiser) June 15, 2018
Must watch: Cristiano Ronaldo's last-minute equaliser, with sensational commentary from Portuguese broadcaster Nuno Matos, Telemundo's Andres Cantor and Martin Tyler. #worldcup #PORESP #POR pic.twitter.com/XRByZ1P6lx
— Luke Henriques-Gomes (@lukehgomes) June 16, 2018
Cristiano Ronaldo. The GOAT. pic.twitter.com/MtK9SZKfu1
— SportsJOE (@SportsJOE_UK) June 15, 2018
— TLF Videos (@TLFVideos) June 16, 2018
*He scored the first, they said it was a penalty.*
*He scored the second, they said it was the keeper's error.*
*Then he scored the scintillating free kick and they shut their mouth.*
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@CRonaldoNews) June 16, 2018
Cristiano Ronaldo – Manchester United x Portsmouth 2008 pic.twitter.com/AVMOJ8wcp0
— Memórias Do Futebol (@MemoriasFutebol) June 16, 2018
Cristiano Ronaldo’s day started off with a massive tax evasion bill and ended with him scoring an incredible hat trick against Spain https://t.co/WJ6pAU4JHi
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) June 16, 2018
Sergio Ramos:- "I'd Rather Have Cristiano Ronaldo In My Team Than Playin Against Him, He Is A Constant Danger, A Permanent Alarm For Any Defence"
— Diwash Baniya (@jackpunkrocker_) June 16, 2018
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.”
Cristiano Ronaldo becomes the oldest player to score a World Cup hattrick and has now scored more international goals than Pele, Maradona and Messi. Once in a lifetime player. #WorldCup
— Makaveli (@Asensiology) June 16, 2018
The schoolchildren of Uruguay got a little excited when Jose Gimenez delivered his late #WorldCup game-winner.
— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) June 16, 2018
Among ALL active players in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo is the player with the:
• Most hatricks: 51
• Most NT goals: 84
• Most club goals: 573
• Most career goals: 657 pic.twitter.com/VBqRvhtPlO
— France vs Australia Live Stream (@RealMadrid_Link) June 16, 2018
It’s the game that everyone was talking about.
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 16, 2018
— 🇳🇬 A man has no name 😇 (@ojo_shevexy01) June 16, 2018
After tonight's game Cristiano Ronaldo can go ahead & win the Ballon D'or, He can become FIFA president if he likes, He can coach Real Madrid. He might as well run for presidency in Portugal.
He fucking deserves it all.
— Kυmαr™ (@Cristianoistic) June 15, 2018
Just another picture of Lionel Messi with Cristiano Ronaldo pic.twitter.com/2hR5FglVoO
— Papi of Lagos (@Onafs_Pop) June 15, 2018
☑️ 2004 European Championship
☑️ 2006 World Cup
☑️ 2008 European Championship
☑️ 2010 World Cup
☑️ 2012 European Championship
☑️ 2014 World Cup
☑️ 2016 European Championship
☑️ 2017 Confederations Cup
☑️ 2018 World Cup
Cristiano Ronaldo makes his mark. Again.
— FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 (@WorldCupClimax) June 16, 2018
Players to score in 4 different World Cups:
— Bolarinwa Olajide (@iambolar) June 15, 2018
3 shots on target
34/36 (94%) passing
2/2 long balls
1 key pass
1 penalty won
4 fouls won
9/15 duels won
5 aerials won
— Team Portugal (@TeamPortugal_EN) June 16, 2018
Cristiano Ronaldo for club & country in 2018:
Age: 33 pic.twitter.com/Eg8ghYjhy6
— World Cup 18 (@Footy_Football_) June 16, 2018
With his hat trick today, Cristiano Ronaldo now has 33 goals in 26 matches for club and country in 2018.
He is scoring a goal every 67 minutes this year, which would be the best pace of his career.
— Everything Sports (@EverySport5) June 16, 2018
Diego Costa: "I don't know what's on the minds of those who criticize Cristiano Ronaldo. Just leave him alone, you criticise him and look what he does. We have to congratulate him. I wish I was like him." pic.twitter.com/uwQ7CbRgqp
— NRJ (@NJ_rma) June 16, 2018
Records Cristiano Ronaldo broke vs Spain:
✅ First player to score in 8 consecutive major tournaments
✅ Oldest player to score #WorldCup hat-trick! (33 years)
✅ Most amount of #WorldCup goals in one night (3 Goals)
History Made 🇵🇹 pic.twitter.com/yz6OaxhCFZ
— 8Fact Football WC 🏆 (@8Fact_Footballl) June 16, 2018
📊 Real Madrid’s Medical Analysis on Cristiano Ronaldo:
👊 Body Fat
👥 Normal Players: 11%
👤 Cristiano Ronaldo: 7%
💪 Muscle Mass
👥 Normal Players: 46% or lower
👤 Cristiano Ronaldo: 50%
📈 Results show he has the physical condition of a 23 year-old…he’s 33 years-old. Mad pic.twitter.com/XCR0Qnz0gZ
— Mike Sanz (@mikesanz19) June 15, 2018
Gerard Pique after #PORvsESP:
“Cristiano Ronaldo has a habit of throwing himself on the ground.”
No Pique, he has a habit of humiliating you 😂 pic.twitter.com/zhh5m5vSAR
— CRonaldoDaily.com (@BreatheRonaldo) June 16, 2018
Gerard Pique wasn't impressed with Cristiano Ronaldo's performance today. pic.twitter.com/zYGPLJdBhJ
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) June 16, 2018
What happens when you watch Cristiano Ronaldo score a free-kick in a Portuguese bar 😱🇵🇹 pic.twitter.com/uVuUynhNK7
— Football Daily (@footballdailyuk) June 15, 2018
🇮🇹 📰 | Front pages of Gazzetta, Corsport and Tuttosport on Cristiano Ronaldo:
"Cristiano is from Mars."
"Give him a raise."
— Arjun Pradeep (@IndianRegista) June 16, 2018
Bernardo Silva: "It's a great form of pride to be able to say I play with Cristiano Ronaldo."
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@CRonaldoNews) June 15, 2018
*Lotto number anaa?* 🤔
— fati (@emprexx66) June 16, 2018
Cristiano Ronaldo moonwalking these goals like pic.twitter.com/2FSACxZlsU
— Maria Hassell (@MeYouUsMJFAM) June 15, 2018