13 sensational Cristiano Ronaldo stats after his 60th career hat-trick

Despite being criticised in a difficult season for Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo continues to make history and break records.

Ronaldo, who returned to United for a second spell last summer, is in the twilight of his career but can still produce those flashes of genius.

The 37-year-old has now helped United keep their hopes of a top-four finish alive by scoring a hat-trick in a 3-2 win against Norwich City.

“Yes, it is [remarkable],” interim manager Ralf Rangnick told MUTV when reflecting on Ronaldo’s performance. “Especially the second and third goals were brilliant goals.

“[He showed] a lot of physicality with the header and he was quite like against Tottenham today, the difference maker.”

We’ve taken a detailed look at his exceptional hat-trick record and some of his other impressive stats.

– After scoring three goals against Norwich City, Ronaldo now has 60 career hat-tricks. Forty-four came for Real Madrid, three for United, three for Juventus and 10 for Portugal.

– He also became just the sixth player to score a hat-trick in consecutive home Premier League appearances and the first United player to do so.

– Having made 1117 appearances in his professional career, Ronaldo averages a hat-trick every 18.6 games.

– The striker has scored nine perfect hat-tricks, which consist of a goal with his right foot, a goal with his left foot and a headed goal. 

– From the 50 hat-tricks in club football, 34 were scored in La Liga, three were in the Premier League and two were in Serie A. He’s also scored eight in the Champions League, two in the Copa del Rey and one in the FIFA Club World Cup.

– The Portugal international holds the record for most hat tricks in men’s international football (10) and nobody has scored more Champions League hat-tricks than him. 

– He has more hat-tricks than any other active player and even leads Lionel Messi, who scored 48 for Barcelona and has seven for Argentina to take his total to 55.

– The 37-year-old scored 30 hat-tricks before turning 30 in February 2015 and has scored another 30 hat-tricks since that date. In comparison, Messi has scored 14 hat-tricks since turning 30 in June 2017.

– Since turning 30, Ronaldo has scored more hat-tricks than the likes of Luis Suarez, Sergio Aguero, Thierry Henry and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have managed in their entire careers.

– He has scored at least one hat-trick in 14 of the last 15 calendar years. The last time he didn’t score a hat-trick in a calendar year was 2009.

– The striker has now scored 20+ club goals in 16 consecutive seasons, a run that stretches back to the start of the 2006-07 season.

– He is the first player aged 36 or over to score 15 goals in a single Premier League season.

– Ronaldo is also the first United No.7 to score 20+ goals in a season since he scored 26 United goals in the 2008-09 campaign.

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