- Cristiano Ronaldo made history on Monday evening as he scored his first Serie A hat-trick for Juventus.
- His three goals against Cagliari have seen him become the only player in history to have scored hat-tricks in Italy, England and Spain in the main divisions, as well as the World Cup.
- The 34-year-old managed to make one in the Premier League for Manchester United, one in the World Cup for Portugal, but an amazing 34 in La Liga for Real Madrid.
- Juve won 4-0 in the night to keep pace at the top of the Serie A table with Inter leaders, who beat Napoli 3-1 on the same night.
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Cristiano Ronaldo made history on Monday evening as he scored his first Serie A hat-trick for Juventus.
The Portuguese star scored three points while Maurizio Sarri’s team swept Cagliari 4-0 away at the Allianz Stadium, and in so doing, the 34-year-old became the only player in history to have scored hat-tricks in Italy, England and Spain the best divisions and the World Cup.
Ronaldo only scored a hat-trick in the Premier League with Manchester United, who made it 6-0 against Newcastle United in January 2008. He only managed one for Portugal at the World Cup in a 3-3 draw with Spain in 2018.
During his nine-season spell with Real Madrid he scored 34 incredible La Liga triplets – the second most in history behind only Lionel Messi, who scored 35.
In all competitions, Ronaldo has managed 56 career triplets, which equates to just over 23% of his 715 career goals.
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Ronaldo opened the scoring for Juve on Monday shortly after the start of the second half, when he breached an under-shot pass through the Cagliari box by defender Ragnar Klavan, before rounding off goalkeeper Robin Olsen and going home.
His second came from the penalty spot in the 67th minute, and the hat-trick was completed in the 82nd minute, just over a minute after Gonzalo Higuain had scored the third half of Juventus.
“It was a good start to the year, but the important thing is the team,” said Ronaldo after making history with his hat-trick, according to The Sydney Morning Herald. “We have created possibilities and the score is always important.
“Our game is improving game by game, but we have to work and keep improving.”
The victory ensured Juve kept up with Inter, who beat Napoli 3-1 on the same night, at the top of the Serie A table.
Both teams have a level of 45 points with 18 games played.
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