5 amazing stats after Cristiano Ronaldo scores hat-trick against Shakhtar Donetsk

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Tuesday night, just days after completing a five goal haul in a La Liga game with Espanyol.

The 30-year-old previously went 180 minutes without scoring a league goal but has responded to his critics in clinical style.

Here’s five of the best Ronaldo stats, courtesy of Infostrada, as the Portuguese international continues to break more records in Europe.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo (3rd L) celebrates scoring against Shakhtar Donetsk
Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo (3rd L) celebrates scoring against Shakhtar Donetsk – Reuters

1. He’s scored EIGHT goals in his last TWO games.

2. Ronaldo is the first player to score 80 goals in the Champions League.

3. He’s bagged his third hat-trick in the Champions League. Only Lionel Messi has more, five. Mario Gomez, Filippo Inzaghi and Luiz Adriano are the only other players with three hat-tricks in the competition.

4. He netted his 11th penalty goal in the Champions League, excluding shoot-outs. He’s now level with Ruud van Nistelrooy and Luís Figo.

5. Shakhtar Donetsk is the 29th opponent Ronaldo scores against in the Champions League. Only Raúl has scored against more different teams, 33.