Cristiano Ronaldo’s season may have started off slow, but it’s picking up quickly. After scoring five goals in a single La Liga game over the weekend, the Real Madrid superstar added three more to his yearly total during his team’s opening Champions League match against Donetsk Shakhtar on Tuesday. His efforts set a new record, too: Ronaldo became the first player to score 80 Champions League goals.
Hat trick for Ronaldo! With three today, @Cristiano becomes 1st player to reach 80 goals in Champions League play. pic.twitter.com/ivUCYubU83
Ronaldo is also now poised to surpass another bar in his career. With his latest three goals, he’s tallied 499 total.
499 — @Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored 499 goals as professional player (Real Madrid, Portugal, Manchester United y Sporting CP). Ace.
While there’s no doubt Ronaldo’s skills have landed him atop modern-day soccer’s totem poll, his goal tally on Tuesday was helped along by mistakes made by the opposition. Two of his goals came off penalty kicks. His last came against a team that was playing most of the game down one man.
.@Cristiano seals hat trick against Shakhtar to give him EIGHT goals in four days! Incredible. #UCL @HeinekenSoccer http://t.co/GN3QF3wCAX
The “how” in soccer, of course, is never as important as the “how many,” so the 30-year-old and his team had every reason to celebrate the 4-0 victory.