The numbers behind Cristiano Ronaldo´s 50 hat-tricks

Cristiano Ronaldo scored the 50th hat-trick of his career as Real Madrid beat Girona to move up to third in La Liga on Sunday.

0 - Although Ronaldo has scored three separate hat-tricks against city rivals Atletico Madrid, he has never accomplished it in El Clasico against Barcelona.

Cristiano Ronaldo continued his unbelievable form in 2018 by scoring four times, and while Los Blancos remain third, they've closed the gap to neighbours Atletico Madrid to just four points.

Criticism has been swift to come in from all quarters with Lionel Messi opening up a considerable lead in the goal-scoring charts this season, but the turn of the year has resulted in a turn of fortunes for the Portuguese with his scoring numbers seeing a significant jump.

"He knows himself and knows when he has to rest a little and at the end of the season he is always very good".


However, since January 13th, Ronaldo has gone from four league goals to 22 and now sits just three behind nemesis - Lionel Messi.

Madrid then further extended their lead 10 minutes later, with Benzema and Marcelo exchanging passes before Ronaldo set up Lucas Vázquez who made no mistake with a low drive from inside the area.

Ronaldo opened the scoring in the 11th minute with a deadly first-time finish but former Middlesbrough forward Cristhian Stuani headed home from a corner to draw the Catalans level in the 29th minute.

"The better Cristiano Ronaldo is, the better Real Madrid will be", Vazquez said, according to Goal. Defender Juanpe Ramirez scored the team's third goal in the 88th.

Vazquez assisted Ronaldo's vital goal in the Parc des Princes and has become somewhat of an ever-present in big matches under Zinedine Zidane due to his work-rate and effectiveness. The Catalan club, impressing in its first season in the top flight, remains in seventh place and still with a chance to qualify for the Europa League next season.


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