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Ronaldo Hits 50th Hat-Trick

Many strikers have a shelf or perhaps a cabinet to show off their hat-trick match ball collection. Cristiano Ronaldo needs a new house for his.

The former superstar hit the 50th of his career on Sunday evening as defeated Girona 6-3 at the Bernabeu.

Ronaldo scored four of Real’s six goals to reach yet another personal landmark in an illustrious career that shows no sign of slowing down.

The 33-year-old now has 37 goals for Real Madrid this season and a grand total of 566 club goals during his career. When goals for Portugal are included, he has scored a pretty astonishing 645.

Ronaldo has scored hat-tricks with such regularity it threatens to cheapen the achievement for everyone else. But how does the half-century break down?

He scored just the one hat-trick for Manchester United but now has 44 for Real Madrid. Five for Portugal takes us to the 50 mark.

Seven have come in the , two in the and one in the FIFA Club . For Portugal, four were scored in World Cup qualification and one in European Championship qualification.

Ronaldo’s quartet against Girona was the ninth occasion he has hit four in a match, while he has scored five in a game twice.

The quintets came in a 9-1 drubbing of Granada in La Liga in April 2015 and a 6-0 away rout of in September 2015.

In terms of opponents, are the most sick of Ronaldo – he has scored three goals against them on five separate occasions.

You have to go back to January 2008 for Ronaldo’s first hat-trick at senior level and that proved to be his one and only for United.

He netted three in a 6-0 thrashing of at Old Trafford in the Premier League, part of an incredible 2007-08 campaign in which he scored 42 goals as United won the Premier League and the Champions League.