Cristiano Ronaldo scored a stunning hat-trick to lead Manchester United to a 3-2 victory over Tottenham Hotspur, demonstrating that form is temporary and class is eternal.
Ronaldo scored all three goals from open play, including a rocket from outside the area and a strong header.
Ronaldo has always been the man for the big moment, as he demonstrated last night with his outstanding efforts.
Here are seven outstanding milestones and statistics broken by Ronaldo during his stunning victory.
- Record ever goalscorer
Cristiano Ronaldo is the all-time leading goalscorer in world football history. Pele’s boast of 1,000 goals has been debunked. Ronaldo now has 807 points, surpassing Josef Bican (805).
Ronaldo’s talent is demonstrated by his ability to break such a record with a hat-trick.
- Most vs. an English club
Ronaldo has now scored 14 goals against Tottenham Hotspur, the most of any English team.
If Spurs thought they had it bad, consider poor Sevilla, whom he has scored 27 goals against, with a chance to add to his tally of 25 goals this week against Atletico Madrid.
- Goals are spread around
Despite his preference for late goals, Ronaldo spreads his goals very evenly, as this fascinating data demonstrates.
- United’s first hat-trick since 2008.
It’s been a long time since Ronaldo scored a hat-trick for Manchester United, the longest such gap for any Premier League team. Let’s hope he releases his next one soon.
- Double the best
Ronaldo has scored 18 goals for United this season, which is more than his nearest colleague.
With nine goals, Bruno Fernandes is the closest to Cristiano Ronaldo, and the rest of the strikers (Rashford (5), Cavani (2), Martial (1), and even Greenwood (6)) have fewer goals combined than Ronaldo.
- 59th hat-trick
Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick was his 59th professional hat-trick and his 49th at club level. It’s an incredible achievement, and you just know he won’t stop there. Numbers 60 and 50 will follow closely behind.
- Oldest United hat-trick scorer since 2003
Ronaldo is the first Manchester United player to score a hat-trick since Teddy Sheringham in 2003, while he was still a free agent.
Only one Premier League player, Graham Alexander of Burnley, has scored a hat-trick between the ages of 37 and 50.