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No more GOAT, he is now a COW – Champions of the World: Twitter bows to Ronaldo after his record breaking hat-trick

The 37-year-old striker on Saturday shattered Josef Bican's (805) record of leading goalscorer in professional football by scoring an opener against Tottenham in the Premier League. He later completed his 59th hat-trick in the game.

Aakash Srivastava Author

Updated - 14 March 2022 10:19 am

Ronaldo, who was amidst a lot of criticism for his dull performance lately, shut down his critics in the 12th minute of the game when he found the net after Fred flicked the ball into his path before Ronaldo took a touch and then hit past goalkeeper Hugo Lloris which nestled at the top corner at the far post. Portuguese striker levelled Bican for most combined goals in a playing career. However, Ronaldo was not in the mood of just levelling the record; instead registered one of his own as his second of the night came from Jadon Sancho’s pass in the 38th minute to record his 806th goal and climb to the top of the official all-time goalscoring list.

While United’s plan was spoiled by Spurs when they hit two goals to level the game, Ronaldo, who was leading the charge ensured the lead in the 81st minute. He completed the 59th hattrick of his career when he converted a corner into a successful one. Ronaldo has now scored a hattrick at club level in each of the last 13 calendar years. Ronaldo’s 59th hattrick was his first for the Old Trafford side since 2008 following his return. Undoubtedly, Ronaldo’s electrifying performance lit Old Trafford, and the spectators were quick to give a standing ovation to the legend.

However, Ronaldo’s incredible performance not just lit the stadium but also social media as fans were quick to shower praise over their favourite player at his best.

Post-victory against Spurs at the Old Trafford, United has now won exactly 400 Premier League home games, becoming the first team to reach that milestone in the competition. 23 of those wins have been against Tottenham. The result moves United two points above Arsenal and back into fourth place.

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