Reports of Cristiano Ronaldo’s demise appear to be premature after he bagged an eight-minute hat-trick against Granada.
Cristiano Ronaldo struck the quickest hat-trick of his career on his way to netting five goals in Real Madrid’s 9-1 drubbing of second-from-bottom Granada on Sunday .
Portugal forward Ronaldo struck three times in eight minutes after Gareth Bale had fired Real ahead in the 25th minute on a festive, sun-drenched afternoon at the Bernabeu.
Ronaldo has scored three or more goals 24 times in La Liga, equalling the record set this season by his great rival, Barcelona forward Lionel Messi.
World player of the year Ronaldo has 31 career hat-tricks overall but Sunday’s effort was only the second time he has scored one in the first half.
However, 28 of those hat-tricks have come in Real Madrid colours, which puts him level with one Alfredo Di Stefano.
His haul of five goals also put him in esteemed company of players that Scored 5 or more goals in an official match with Madrid:
Puskás (2 times)