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After scoring the first goal just minutes into Portugal's game against Spain in today's World Cup match, Ronaldo went on to win himself a hat-trick with an incredible free kick that might just go down in history as one of this tournament's greatest moments.
Praise has been flooding in for the footballer on social media, where Ronaldo has become the hot topic of conversation:
Ronaldo is just a joke love him or hate him.... what a free kick man!!! :fire:
- GAZ (@GazGShore) June 15, 2018
Ronaldo is comfortably the second best footballer of all time and that in itself doesn't get appreciated enough.
- Mac (@Tweetgood_Mac) June 15, 2018
Change the tagline of "Bend it like Beckham" to
"Curl it like @Cristiano"
Yes change the tagline
- Nabeel Hashmi (@HashmeNabeel) June 15, 2018
How's he gonna shoot a hattrick in the 1st World Cup Game! He's a Goal scoring machine!! @Cristiano #PortugalvSpain #FifaWorldCup2018
- Fadé Ogunro (@FadeOgunro) June 15, 2018
Cristiano Ronaldo has just scored the 51st hat-trick in World Cup history.- TrueSoccerLife (@TrueSoccerLife) June 15, 2018
He's also just scored the 51st hat-trick of his career.
There are just no words to describe how brilliant he is. pic.twitter.com/UYUSU5zSfH
Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player I've ever seen. Yes, better than Messi.- Haroun Hickman (@HarounHickman) June 15, 2018
The man always delivers. Iconic.
Why Ronaldo is the best player in the world IMO goal record is phenomenal does it on the highest stage at club and country #51stHattrick- Anthony Weaver (@weavernumber10) June 15, 2018
Even ol' Rio was left breathless by the action in Russia:
Peter Schmeichel also tweeted to say that it was 'one of the best matches' he'd seen in a World Cup, adding: "Big players all stepping up to the challenge, and for the week Spain have had, they did fantastic. What a team but they only managed to get a draw against @Cristiano."
Cristiano Ronaldo was cool, calm and collected from the penalty spot to put Portugal ahead after just three minutes - but it was the last-minute banger of a free kick that most of us will remember, bringing Portugal back up to a draw in the moments that really mattered.
Incredible scenes - what a game. Whatever you think of the man, you can't deny that was one solid performance.
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