Former Manchester United hero Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 23rd La Liga hat-trick during Real Madrid’s 3-0 win over Celta Vigo, a new Spanish top-flight record.
The 29-year-old forward has broken a number of records since trading the Red Devils for the Spanish capital for a then-world record transfer fee in 2009, but his latest could be the best of the lot.
Following an unbelievable start to the season, Ronaldo’s 23 league goals in 14 rounds of fixtures has already broken a 79-year-old record as well as his own personal consecutive goal scoring record.
Aside from those, his 23 strikes so far this campaign is already a figure higher than a number of La Liga’s previous top scorers over an entire campaign, with the latest surpassing his 200-goal mark as a Madrid player.
There aren’t many superlatives left to describe the Portuguese international, but reporters had to do their best as Ronaldo’s three goals against Celta Vigo moved him ahead of the pack with 23 La Liga hat-tricks.
His first goal came from the penalty spot after a rather clear dive, but take little away from goal number two and three as the former Sporting Lisbon youth prodigy expertly found the net with clinical finishes.
Lionel Messi, the man many describe as the only player to compete with Ronaldo in today’s game, has 20 La Liga hat-tricks to his name while Madrid favourite De Stefano notched 22 during his illustrious career.
Watch Ronaldo notch his 23rd La Liga hat trick here: