Berlin, 13 October 2021 (dpa/MIA) – Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick for a record-extending 115 international goals in Portugal’s 5-0 victory against Luxembourg on Tuesday in World Cup qualifying.
The win assured Portugal of a top-two finish in qualifying Group A, one point behind Serbia who are also assured of at least a play-off berth with a 3-1 over Azerbaijan.
Only the group winner qualifies directly for next year’s finals in Qatar. Serbia have played one game more than Portugal and the two sides meet in Lisbon on the final matchday in November.
Ronaldo converted two penalties in the opening 13 minutes, the second on a second attempt after the first was nullified because other players had run into the penalty area too early.
He then also wrapped up matters with an 87th-minute header, with Manchester United team-mate Bruno Fernandes and Joao Palhinha also on target in Faro.
Ronaldo has now scored nine goals against Luxembourg, more than against any other team. He had previously scored the most goals, seven, against Sweden and Lithuania.