The Juventus player scored in the seventh minute in a penalty shot, 22th and 65th, in what was his ninth game for Portugal’s national team with three or more goals, two months after the ‘haul’ (four goals) in Vilnius.
Ronaldo has now scored 98 goals for Portugal, just 11 less than the record-breaking Iran international Ali Daei, who ended his career with 109.
The 34-year-old has won in five games in 2019/20, scoring one goal in 4-2 in Serbia, four in 5-1 in Lithuania, one in 3-0 in Luxembourg, one in 1-2 in Ukraine and three today, with 37 goals in 30 matches since 2016/17.
With three goals on Thursday, Ronaldo has also strengthened his status as the top scorer in European teams and European games (39), leading in qualifying (30) and the final round (nine).
As for Ronaldo’s career, and since becoming a professional in 2002/03, Ronaldo has scored 712 goals in 1,001 games: 451 for Real Madrid, 118 for Manchester United, 98 for AA, 34 for Juventus, five for Sporting, three for U-21, two for Olympic football and one for U-20.