Cristiano Ronaldo scored a late free-kick to complete a remarkable hat-trick in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Spain on Friday night.
The Real Madrid man had scored twice in the first-half of the Group B match, but the reigning European champions looked to be headed to a gruelling defeat thanks to Nacho’s wonder-strike midway through the second-half.
However with time running out, Spain conceded a free-kick in a dangerous position when Gerard Pique fouled Ronaldo twenty-five yards out from goal.
It was, of course, Ronaldo who stepped up to take the set-piece and he beat David de Gea with a sublime lofted finish into the top corner of the goal.
The goal marked Ronaldo’s 51st career hat-trick and also the 51st hat-trick in World Cup history.
But that was not the only piece of history Ronaldo made on a remarkable night in Sochi.
His first goal saw him become just the fourth man in history to score goals at four different World Cup finals.
The spot-kick also saw Ronaldo become the first man in international history to score goals in eight consecutive major tournaments.
The 33-year-old has now scored 84 goals in 151 international appearances for Portugal.
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