Cristiano Ronaldo Scores Hat-Trick, Including Must-See Curler From 20 Yards Out

It's Ronaldo's ninth hat-trick for Portugal and gives him 98 international goals.

Cristiano Ronaldo entered today’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Lithuania needing five goals to reach a century for Portugal. It was always going to be close as the Juventus striker has historically feasted on the world’s 132nd-ranked side, including the four he hit when the two nations met in Vilnius back in September.

Perhaps aided by a new hairstyle which I believe pays homage to the reunion of My Chemical Romance, Ronaldo could’ve certainly scored five today. However, the 34-year-old had to settle for a hat-trick during his 83 minutes on the pitch — including one stunning curler from outside the area — as Portugal stormed to a 6-0 victory over the Group B whipping boys.

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His first should’ve arrived in the fifth minute after Bernardo Silva teed him up for a header from a few yards out, but Ronaldo couldn’t get over the ball and flashed his effort high and wide.

Regardless, he made amends from the penalty spot only two minutes later. 

In the 22nd minute, Lithuania failed to mark Ronaldo inside its own third — an extremely bold strategy — but take absolutely nothing from the man’s curled finish. It’s sumptuous as all hell. 

In the 65th minute, Ronaldo got his third — and Portugal’s sixth — after converting from Silva’s pullback. 

A fourth beckoned when he hit one wide with the goal at his mercy, but the damage had been done — and Ronaldo still had time for the fans at Estádio Algarve.

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Ronaldo’s international total now stands at 98. That’s second all-time behind Iran’s Ali Daei, who hit 109. 

The victory keeps Portugal second in Group B and on course for automatic qualification to Euro 2020. That can be achieved with a victory over Luxembourg on Sunday. 

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