Ronaldo's hat trick for Portugal against Spain has Twitter in awe

Joann Johnston
June 17, 2018

On the other hand, Ronaldo is just the fourth player to score in four different World Cup tournaments (2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018) after Pele, Uwe Seeler and Miroslav Klose.

Spain goalkeeper David De Gea looks to the ball when Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo scores his side's third goal during the group B match between Portugal and Spain at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018.

Real Madrid derailed Spain's World Cup preparations when they poached Julen Lopetegui just two days before the tournament, leading to the coach's sacking, so it was with a certain inevitability that their biggest star put the buffers on what would have been a morale-boosting win against Portugal.

Hierro's support of his players is admirable, but come on.

Instead, Ronaldo stood with his legs apart in familiar pose, rolled up his shorts and curled an exquisite effort around the Spain wall and into the net past the helpless David de Gea.

Many fans have speculated that Ronaldo was suggesting he is the GOAT - Greatest Of All Time - and the gesture was a challenge to Lionel Messi.

Costa dribbled around two Spanish defenders and held up play long enough to find an opening, then fired a powerful strike to the corner that Rui Patricio couldn't save.

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It was only Iran's second win in 13 matches at the World Cup and the first win for an Asian team in the tournament since 2010. A couple of teams don't want to play against us. "No pitches, no camps, no friendly games because of the sanctions".

Portugal loudly complained for a foul by Costa on Pepe, and replays showed there was contact by the Spaniard's arm with Pepe's body, but referee Gianluca Rocchi allowed the play to continue. The way the team came back was excellent with the goals. After Isco complained, Rocchi pointed to his watch, which receives goal confirmations.

"There will always be a debate, that's good as it means there is competition in the team", Costa said.

'Ronaldo has a habit of throwing himself to the ground'. The ball struck the post before going into the goal.

Iran picked up its second-ever World Cup victory, prevailing 1-0 when Morocco's Aziz Bouhaddouz knocked a header in his own goal during second-half stoppage time at St. Petersburg, Russia.

Ronaldo's records might stack up like his goals, but he was determined to focus on the team ethos of the reigning European champions.

After Diego Costa tied the match at 1-1, Ronaldo would once again give Portugal the advantage just before halftime, striking a shot from just outside the box.

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