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Cristiano Ronaldo scores hat-trick to move within two goals of historic landmark

Cristiano Ronaldo scores hat-trick to move within two goals of historic landmark

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Cristiano Ronaldo is now just two goals shy of reaching an astonishing century after the superstar netted yet another hat-trick in Portugal’s 6-0 demolition of Lithuania Thursday.

The forward’s treble ensured his side is now just one win away from Euro 2020 qualification, which it can secure against Luxembourg Sunday.

Ronaldo, who has now scored 98 goals for his country, will also have the chance to become only the second man in history to reach 100 international goals.

The 34-year-old needs just 11 more to reach the world record of 109 goals, held by legendary Iran striker Ali Daei.

His latest hat-trick was his ninth in a Portugal shirt and he showed no signs of the knee problems seemingly hampering his playing time at Juventus in recent weeks.

Having scored the opener from the penalty spot, Ronaldo doubled his tally with a trademark strike for distance before completing his treble with a finish from within the box.

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“I never had any doubts about his condition, it was other people who had them. Nothing surprises me about Cristiano,” said Portugal manager Fernando Santos, speaking of Ronaldo’s fitness.

Bernardo Silva was also on the score sheet after a week to forget — the Manchester City forward was suspended and fined for a “racist” tweet about teammate Benjamin Mendy.

Afonso Fernandes and Mendes Paciencia scored the game’s other goals.

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