Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored more hat-tricks than any player in men's international soccer history

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Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored more hat-tricks than any player in men's international soccer history
Ronaldo netted three against Luxembourg. Getty/Carlos Rodrigues
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored more hat-tricks than any man in international soccer history.
  • The 36-year-old netted his 10th hat-trick for Portugal as it beat Luxembourg 5-0 on Tuesday.

Cristiano Ronaldo became the first male soccer player ever to score 10 international hat-tricks as he netted three goals in Portugal's 5-0 win over Luxembourg in World Cup qualifying on Tuesday.

The Manchester United star scored two penalties in the opening 13 minutes before adding a late header to complete the scoring at the Estadio Algarve.

Bruno Fernandes and Joao Palhinha scored the other goals, with victory leaving Portugal second in Group A with two games to play.

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Ronaldo's hat-trick was the 58th of his career and 10th for Portugal, meaning he has now scored more hat-tricks than any other player in international soccer history.

He was previously level with Sweden's Sven Rydell (1923-1932) on nine hat-tricks.

"Another victory, another step towards our goal, another historic night in defense of our colors!" Ronaldo, who is already international soccer's highest ever scorer with 115 goals, wrote on Instagram after the match.

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"Everything becomes easier when we play at home and in front of an audience that cares for us from the first to the last minute.

"I had promised that I would always be looking for more and more and more! It is in my DNA and in our DNA, we are never satisfied, we never let our arms down and we will always fight for everything we can achieve!"

Ronaldo wasn't the only hat-trick hero on Wednesday night.

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The Republic of Ireland's Callum Robinson also netted three as Stephen Kenny's side beat 2022 World Cup host Qatar 4-0 in a friendly.

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