Cristiano Ronaldo performed a hat-trick for the 58th time in his career, helping Portugal beat Luxembourg 5-0 at home in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers on Tuesday.
Portugal almost won the game in the first 18 minutes. After Bernardo Silva’s outstanding performance, Ronaldo hit a three-pointer from a penalty shot before his Manchester United teammate Bruno Fernandez.
The forward then missed two opportunities at halftime as he sought a third chance, and then when Anthony Moris blocked his acrobatic head kick, his hat trick was rejected .
However, Portugal did not wait long for their fourth, because midfielder Joao Palhinha started with a header from a corner kick, only more than 20 minutes away.
As the home team continued to advance, Ronaldo was not rejected, and three minutes later, he scored with a header from close range.
The triple crown meant that Ronaldo became the first person to score 10 international hat tricks. The number of goals for his national team rose from 182 blocks to 115. At the same time, he continued to be the best men’s international shooter of all time.
The victory ensures that Portugal is still one point behind leader Serbia. Next month Fernando Santos’ Portuguese team will travel to Ireland and then host Serbia at home. This may be a winner-takes-all match to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.