Ronaldo opens up the new year with a hat-trick against Cagliari

Ronaldo opens up the new year with a hat-trick against Cagliari

Ronaldo scored his first hat-trick of the new year and new decade as Juventus soared past Cagliari 4-0 Monday afternoon.

The Portuguese international has now netted 36 league hat-tricks in his club career. No other player has as many hat-tricks as Ronaldo in the top five European leagues since 2008. It also brings his tally to 56 total hat-tricks for club and country.

New year, same old Ronaldo

All three of Ronaldo’s strikes came in the second half, extending Ronaldo’s goal streak to eight goals in the last five Serie A matches.

He also became the first Portuguese player to score a hat-trick in Serie A history.

But the records don’t stop there.

Ronaldo is the first player ever to score a hat trick in Serie A, La Liga, the Premier League, and the World Cup. He’s only the second player ever to do it in Serie A, La Liga, and the Premier League — Alexis Sanchez was the first.

New year, new decade, same old Ronaldo. He also earned an assist with a nifty-lead pass to Higuain. Catch the highlights of the match below.

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