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5 memorable Cristiano Ronaldo performances to commemorate his 1000th game for club and country

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Modified 24 Feb 2020, 20:02 IST
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#2 LaLiga 2010-11: Real Madrid 6-1 Racing Santander

Ronaldo celebrates his first quadruple in league football
Ronaldo celebrates his first quadruple in league football

In the early days of the 2010-11 LaLiga season, Real Madrid needed to respond against Racing Santander to keep pace with league leaders Barcelona.

After Gonzalo Higuain provided the early lead to the home side, there was no looking back for Madrid. Ronaldo grabbed a quickfire double to all but end the game as a contest.

The former Manchester United man completed his first hat-trick of the season two minutes into the second period. And just before the hour mark, he converted a penalty to complete his first quadruple in European league football.

The Portugal international could have grabbed a fifth in the dying moments of the game but it was not to be. The Madrid giants eventually closed out a facile 6-1 home win.


#3 Champions League 2012-13: Ajax 1-4 Real Madrid

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Ronaldo scored his first Champions League hat-trick against Ajax in 2012-13
Ronaldo scored his first Champions League hat-trick against Ajax in 2012-13

In his 82nd Champions League game, Ronaldo bagged his first hat-trick in the competition. He scored thrice for Real Madrid on Matchday 2 of the 2012-13 season.

Having scored in Los Blancos' opening day win over Manchester City, the forward netted his second Champions League goal of the season in as many games by opening the scoring on the cusp of half-time in Amsterdam.

After Ajax reduced arrears to 1-2 in the second half, Ronaldo scored twice in the last 11 minutes of the game to record his first of a record-equaling eight Champions League hat-tricks. Madrid won 4-1 on the night.

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Published 24 Feb 2020, 20:02 IST
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