Ronaldo: Best hat-trick of my career

Posted June 17, 2018

The news was reported just before Ronaldo, who has denied the accusations, was scheduled to play on the Portuguese national team in a World Cup game against Spain.

In fact, he hoped that this year's "revelation" manages to make it in time for Egypt's World Cup run.

Ronaldo's Portugal is set to take on Spain at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation on Thursday.

With both players now into their 30s - Ronaldo is 33 - the Russia World Cup could be the last chance for them to stake their claims at worldwide level and the Portuguese made the best possible start.

In the World Cup, it's often said, "the world is watching".

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The hat trick was Ronaldo's 84th goal for Portugal, tying him with Ferenc Puskas for most global goals by an European player.

And he's also joining an elite club as the fourth player to have scored a goal in four different World Cups.

Christiano Ronaldo who until today's game had never scored against Spain netted a hat-trick in spectacular fashion and left Nacho, his teammate at club level scratching his head and De Gea gnashing his teeth.

"Modesty aside, I think that I am the world's best player". The 25-year-old striker was forced off in the first half of the Champions League final against Ronaldo's Real Madrid after injuring his shoulder when he was wrestled to the ground by Sergio Ramos.

Ronaldo had nine goals in the four European Championships in which he played, including three in the title-winning campaign in France.

"More than his physical shape, it's his mental strength", mused Portugal coach Fernando Santos.

After what was a classic individual performance, you would expect anyone to comment about their individual performance, but Ronaldo focused on those around him.

Not only do the pair both hail from Portugal, but have worked together in the past during Mourinho's time as Real Madrid manager between 2011 and 2014. "Cristiano is Cristiano, there's nothing else to say about him".