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Man Utd star Cristiano Ronaldo leads Lionel Messi with 58 career hat-tricks as Lewandowski and Suarez fight for third

MANCHESTER UNITED star Cristiano Ronaldo has scored the most hat-tricks in the 21st century. The legendary forward, who is five ahead of rival Lionel Messi, scored his latest treble against Luxembourg in Portugal’s 5-0 World Cup qualifying win. And Ronaldo has extended his lead at the top of the all-time hat-trick goal scorers in the […] ...

MANCHESTER UNITED star Cristiano Ronaldo has scored the most hat-tricks in the 21st century.

The legendary forward, who is five ahead of rival Lionel Messi, scored his latest treble against Luxembourg in Portugal’s 5-0 World Cup qualifying win.

And Ronaldo has extended his lead at the top of the all-time hat-trick goal scorers in the 21st century.

Rival Messi is five behind on 53, and their nearest challenger is Luis Suarez on 29.

Bayern Munich forward and one of the favourites to win this year’s Ballon d’Or, Robert Lewandowski, is three shy of Suarez.

The Poland international has already scored a hat-trick this season against Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga.

Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian superstar Neymar is the only other player with 20 or more trebles.

Noughties striking stalwarts Mario Gomez and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar both have 18 hat-tricks, as does Manchester City legend Sergio Aguero.


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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one behind them, with Premier League centre-forwards Edinson Cavani and Harry Kane both on 15.

Ronaldo opened the scoring against Luxembourg from the penalty spot blasting the ball straight down the middle.

Five minutes later, Portugal were awarded a second penalty, this time won by Ronaldo himself – who dispatched the penalty.

However the referee bizarrely pulled the ball back and made him re take – but the Portuguese just hammered the ball home again.

Luxembourg keeper Anthony Moris denied the Portugal captain multiple times through the rest of the game and pulled off a smart reactionary save to deny Ronaldo from an overhead kick.

But a Ronaldo hat-trick was inevitable.

With just three minutes to go, he peeled off his marker from a free-kick and headed the ball into the back of the net – securing his 58th professional match ball.

Ronaldo’s 10th Portugal hat-trick means he’s broken Sweden’s Sven Rydell’s international hat-tricks record of nine.

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