Cristiano Ronaldo scored the 10th international hat-trick of his career last night.

Ronaldo scored three goals against Luxembourg to take his incredible international goal record to 115.

The Manchester United star netted two penalties and scored one header, also having an overhead kick saved by the goalkeeper.

Portugal v Luxembourg - 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier
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It may ‘only’ have been Luxembourg, but it is worth remembering the minnows beat Republic of Ireland last year, and are FIFA ranking high fliers at 98 vs San Marino at 210.

Regardless of the opposition, you have to be there to score the goals, and Ronaldo at 36 is still relentless.

He had five shots on target and created two chances in an impressive all round display.

 

Inspiration

Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United is set to inspire a new generation of fans and academy stars alike.

Prolific academy striker Charlie McNeill was impressed with Ronaldo’s ongoing scoring streak and took to Instagram to remark, ‘He’s a joke’, complimenting the forward for being out of this world.

McNeill scored 25 academy goals last season for the under-18s and has bagged twice for the under-23s before missing the past three weeks with injury.

McNeill is now fit again and trained with the first team this week, getting a chance to test himself alongside Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford.

The 17-year-old former City youth prospect has a chance to show what he can do tonight in action for the under-23s in the EFL Trophy against Sunderland.

While it may be former Black Cats talent Joe Hugill who leads the line, McNeill is likely to have some involvement and will be keen to follow Ronaldo onto the scoresheet.

Manchester United Training Session
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