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Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Ronaldo toasts new career mark after hat-trick against Spain

Ronaldo toasts new career mark after hat-trick against Spain

Portugal takes on Spain in a Group A game in Sochi, Russia, on Friday evening. "I hope he manages to keep it up", said his Portugal teammate Bernardo Silva.

Not only did his hat-trick salvage a point for Portugal in the thrilling game, it was reported that his goals made him the first player to score in eight consecutive worldwide tournaments.

The striker said that he arrived in Russian Federation "much more mature" than when he participated in his first World Cup four years ago in Brazil, when the hosts were humiliated 7-1 defeat by Germany in the semifinal, a game Neymar missed due to injury.

"Cristiano has great physical strength but his mental strength is very impressive as well", Portugal coach Fernando Santos said.

However, with just two years remaining on that deal, Real Madrid have begun sniffing around him again. He became the fourth player in World Cup history with at least four career goals in the 80th minute or later, joining Gerd Muller and Roberto Baggio - who both have five - and Gary Lineker.

'Many people talk about the Cristiano Ronaldo-Messi battle but there are other players who have chances to enter the race (for Ballon d'Or).

It is unlikely Ronaldo will serve any jail time as this is his first offense under Spanish law, and he will likely be allowed to serve probation, Reuters reported.

Ronaldo made brief remarks to a Federation Internationale de Football Association press officer after the game but left before media could ask questions about his legal problems. Ronaldo will pay a $21.7 million fine after he was convicted of tax fraud. We are not the favourites so we will try to do our best.

In the last 10 World Cups, only once has the top scorer had more than six goals in a single tournament - Brazil forward Ronaldo in 2002 with eight.

De Gea has consistently been Manchester United's best player since Sir Alex Ferguson stood down as manager in 2013.

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