The Ballon d’Or winner, Cristiano Ronaldo has set a smashing record of grabbing the fastest hat-trick of his exultant career. Running a riot in the field, the world player of the year scored as many as 5 goals in the La Liga match yesterday, trouncing Granada at 9-1. Putting Real Madrid at a dominant position with 4-0 before the break, his first three goals that came within eight minutes subsequent to Gareth Bale’s opening goal. Aiding his football club, Real Madrid rest one point behind the La Liga leaders Barcelona, the ex-Manchester United forward has scored five goals in a single game for the first ever time. In doing so, he has equaled Barca rival, Lionel Messi’s score of 24 La Liga hat-tricks.
Real Madrid’s 9-1 win over Granada has been their highest scoring La Liga win since defeating Real Sociedad by the same score way back in September 1967. After being routed by Barcelona last month in El Classico, this is just the kind of boost that the team required. Ronaldo has also been the first Real Madrid player to have achieved such a stellar feat since Fernando Morientes in 2002. Having 36 La Liga goals for the campaign, the world champion of the year has pulled off 46 goals in total for his club, steering four goals clear of his arch rival Lionel Messi.
After having mauled Granada with 9 goals against their flimsy one, Karim Benzema eulogized his team mate saying that, “Cristiano is a phenomenon; he is always looking for goals and ways to help the team. He deserves everything he has achieved.” Indeed, Ronaldo has proven it time and again that he is a nothing less than phenomenon. Having won the prestigious award, Ballon d’Or, earlier this year, he has gone on to embellish his stellar career with far more stars. A demi-god for the soccer fans, one cannot help but accredit him with accolades for stretching his prime years in leaps and bounds.
Following his stupendous performance, Ronaldo tweeted, “Happy to have scored 5 goals with this excellent team work. Thank you for all your support.”
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