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Record 23 hat tricks

December 8, 2014

Cristiano Ronaldo scored all of Real Madrid’s goals in a 3-0 win against Celta Vigo on Saturday, breaking La Liga’s long-standing hat trick record with his 23rd for Real Madrid.

His third goal was also his 200th of his La Liga career — a feat he achieved in just 178 games, faster than any other player.

Ronaldo opened the scoring after being pulled back in the penalty area in the first half and putting away the resulting penalty.

In the second half, he waited for a high bounce to drop to his foot before powering a volley into the back of the net for his second goal.

MOST LA LIGA HAT TRICKS

1. Cristiano Ronaldo – 23
2. Alfredo Di Stefano – 22
3. Telmo Zarra – 22
4. Lionel Messi – 21

The Portuguese star then tapped home Marcelo’s cross in the 81st minute to set the hat trick record, and was substituted shortly thereafter.

Ronaldo broke the record of 22 hat tricks he shared with another Real Madrid legend, Alfredo Di Stefano, and Athletic Bilbao’s Telmo Zarra.

The third goal was his 23rd in just 14 La Liga matches this season.

Real Madrid beat Celta to equal Barcelona’s Spanish record for consecutive wins, 18, which was set in 2005-06 under Frank Rijkaard.

Real Madrid will set a new Spanish record for consecutive wins in all competitions should they win at home to Ludogorets on Tuesday night.

source: http://www.espnfc.com/

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