Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in Tuesday night’s Champions League semi-final first leg to give them a 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid at the Bernabeu.
The Portugal international can add his latest hat-trick, to the five goals in the Champions League quarter-final and three in the first leg of the semi-final. The Portuguese superstar once again rewrote history bagging his 47th career treble and 103rd goal in European competition.
At 32-years-old Ronaldo may not be quite as fast in mid-distance as he once was but his recent displays show he is still so driven and focused and still intent on breaking records. There is no reason why he won’t still be playing football into his early forties.
During Tuesday’s game the four-time Ballon d’Or winner headed home the opener in the 10th minute after the ball bounced off the ground from a Carlos Casimiro assist.
The second goal came after Benzema held off Godin and shuttled the ball further right for Ronaldo, who shook off Filipe Luis and then rifled an unstoppable shot into the top left in the 73rd minute.
Ronaldo finished off his hat-trick in the 86th minute taking a touch and battering a shot into the middle of the net.
After putting his side within touching distance of another final Ronaldo said: “I’m very happy for the goals and for reaching 400 goals with Real Madrid. It was a total game from the team. We have a good advantage but it’s not finished.
“Atletico are very strong, they are not in semis by chance and we have to be concentrated next week. But we have to congratulate the whole team.
“It fell to me to score the goals. We played well from start to finish and the goals came naturally. We deserved a complete game against them.”