WATCH: Ronaldo Nets Hat Trick, Passes Pele for All-Time International Goals
Cristiano Ronaldo netted a hat trick that included a tremendous scissor kick in Portugal's 5-1 win over the Faroe Islands.
The goals are Ronaldo's 15th, 16th and 17th in his last 11 matches for Portugal and brought his total for the World Cup qualigying campaign to 14, typing Predrag Mijatovic for the all-time record. The hat trick also brings his total to 78 goals for his country—he is the active international goal scoring leader and just surpassed Pele (77) on the all-time international scoring list.
While Ronaldo is still suspended from playing with Real Madrid for shoving a referee in a Spanish Super Cup match against Barcelona, it looks like his form hasn't dropped an inch.
Here is the stunning opener:
Ronaldo then doubled Portugal's advantage with a clinical penalty.
He polished off the hat trick with cool composure in the box.
The win keeps Portugal in second place in UEFA Group B, trailing leaders Switzerland by three points. Portugal is eight points clear of Hungary, and since the top two in each group get a berth to the 2018 competition in Russia, it's all but certain that Ronaldo will dazzle us in the world's biggest competition in under a year's time.