Cristiano Ronaldo passes Brazil legend Pele with hat-trick as Portugal cruise Faroe Islands
The Portuguese and Spanish club Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo recorded a hat trick in Portugal’s World Cup qualifier on Thursday l tally to 78… one more than the Brazil legend Pele on the list of top international goal scorers
The Real Madrid forward three goals in Portugal’s 5-1 win over Faroe Islands took him to 78 for his country in his career, surpassing the 77 that Pele scored for Brazil from 1957-71.
However, Ronaldo needed 144 games to accomplish the feat, while Pele played in just 92.
Ronaldo also scored his 14th goal to equal the record for the most World Cup qualifying goals in a campaign.
The joint record is currently held with Yugoslavia’s Predrag Mijatovic set before the 1998 World Cup in France.
It took just three minutes for Ronaldo to open the scoring before he doubled Portugal’s advantage from the spot after 29 minutes.
William Carvalho, Ronaldo and Nelson Oliveira put the minnows Faroe Islands to the sword.
Ronaldo open the scoring before he doubled Portugal’s advantage from the spot after 29 minutes.
Portugal remain second in Group B as Switzerland beat Andorra 3-0.