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Cristiano Ronaldo scores 41-minute hat trick including two free kicks as he closes in on Golden Boot

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick on Tuesday during Al Nassr’s 8-0 demolition of Abha in the Saudi Pro League to extend his lead in the Golden Boot race.

Abha have been abysmal this season conceding a league-high 68 goals in 26 games. Ronaldo exposed their weak defense scoring a hat trick and providing two assists in the first half.

Ronaldo scored two free kicks in the span of 10 minutes to open the floodgates.

He then completed his first half hat trick with a cool chipped finish. This marked back-to-back hat tricks for CR7 and the 65th hat trick of his career.

Watch: Player accidentally nails two of his teammates in the head during free kick

The Scottish Premiership produced one of the most insane and hilarious bloopers we’ve seen in a professional game in a long time. A Hibs free kick fail during Saturday’s game vs. Rangers saw a player take out two of his teammates.

Australian and Hibernian defender Nectarios Triantis etched himself into YouTube “Biggest football FAILS” lore when he accidentally blasted the ball into a teammate’s head during a free kick five minutes into the game.

Watch: Raheem Sterling’s free kick vs. Leicester City somehow gets worse with every new angle

The Raheem Sterling free kick vs Leicester City from Chelsea’s 4-2 FA Cup quarterfinal victory went viral due to how awful it was. We’re not exaggerating when we say this could be the worst free kick of all time.

In the 75th minute with the game tied at 2-2, Sterling was presented with a free kick just outside of the Foxes’ box. A major opportunity for the Blues.

Getting the ball up and over the wall but still on target isn’t easy from that close, but Sterling was prepared. He confidently stepped up, smashed the ball and then probably knocked someone out in the 25th row.

Vissel Kobe’s Yuya Osako misses penalty kick by 10 yards then responds with free kick golazo

Vissel Kobe striker Yuya Osako provided a prime example of why you keep fighting and don’t get down on yourself.

In a J1 League match against FC Tokyo on Saturday the reigning league MVP started the game with a blooper for the ages. In the sixth minute Vissel Kobe were awarded a penalty kick and Osako stepped up to take the kick.

The 33-year-old scored 24 goals last season and looked poised to score his first of the season. Disaster struck on his run up as he slipped at the vital moment and missed the goal by a mile.

Yuya Osako penalty miss

Sensational Son free kick sends Jürgen Klinsmann’s South Korea to Asian Cup semifinals

AL WAKRAH — South Korea advanced to the semifinals of the Asian Cup with a 2-1 comeback win over Australia in extra time at Al Janoub Stadium on Friday after Son Heung-min scored the winner with a sublime free kick.

With South Korea going to extra time for a second straight game after they beat Saudi Arabia on penalties, Hwang won a free kick on the edge of the box from a foul conceded by Miller once again.

Watch: Aymeric Laporte scores free kick from 70 yards as Al Nassr embarrass Inter Miami 6-0

Thursday’s “Last Dance” between Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al Nassr and Lionel Messi’s Inter Miami ended up being a Miami massacre as the Saudi club won 6-0, Ronaldo didn’t play and Messi only featured for 15 minutes.

The one big highlight fans are discussing is Al Nassr and former Manchester City center back Aymeric Laporte scoring a ridiculous 70-yard free kick.

Cheating or clever? Ivan Toney caught moving the ball before free kick goal

An Ivan Toney free kick goal is one of the big talking points from Brentford’s 3-2 victory vs. Nottingham Forest on Saturday after the Bees striker made his long-awaited return to the Premier League.

Toney returned from an eight month ban for betting offences and only needed 19 minutes to get on the score sheet. A closer look at the free kick shows that Toney moved the foam put down by the referee and the ball before taking the kick.

Was this cheating or was this clever?

Ivan Toney free kick goal controversy

Former Manchester United prospect Bebé scores 40-yard free kick rocket for Cape Verde in AFCON

Former Manchester United youngster, Bebé, just scored one of the longest free kicks you’ll ever see for Cape Verde in the Africa Cup of Nations.

Cape Verde faced off against Mozambique in their second match of the AFCON group stage, looking to increase their lead as first place of Group B after defeating Ghana 2-1 in the first match day of the tournament.

Only 5% of people can correctly explain why this Rennes goal was disallowed — can you figure it out?

We apologize for the extra clickbaity headline, but we’re serious when we say few people can explain the disallowed Rennes goal vs. Villarreal from Thursday’s Europa League action.

For complete transparency, the author writing this story wasn’t part of the 5% of people who could correctly explain why this goal wasn’t counted upon first viewing. Not even CBS’ commentators understood the Rennes’ stoppage time equalizer mystery.

Before we give you the answer, watch the clip for yourself.

Rennes disallowed goal vs. Villarreal

Watch: Cristiano Ronaldo scores absurd free kick to give Al-Nassr comeback victory

Cristiano Ronaldo made his return to Al-Nassr’s starting XI after yet another successful international break with Portugal — becoming the only player to reach 200 international caps — and the 38-year-old came back doing what he’s been doing best this season, scoring goals.

Who said he can’t score free kicks anymore?

Cristiano Ronaldo free kick goal vs Damac 

Yes, 38-year-old Ronaldo is still scoring free kick bangers.