Cristiano Ronaldo surpasses Eusebio with international hat-trick

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Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo has added yet another feather to his cap after surpassing the legendary Eusebio in the country's all-time goalscorers' chart.

Ronaldo's hat-trick in the 4-2 defeat of Northern Ireland upped his tally to 43 goals, enabling him to leapfrog Eusebio, who has 41 goals.

The Real Madrid player displayed sheer class on the pitch despite being only half-fit. Being 2-1 down, Ronaldo scored a 15-minute hat-trick to completely overturn the dynamics of game.

No wonder that the Portugal coach Paulo Bento hailed him as "one of the greatest players in history".

This was also Ronaldo's first ever international hat-trick, which earned him a standing ovation from the coward when he was substituted at the end of the game.

With the former Manchester United striker looking more and more menacing with each passing day, it may only be a short while before he crosses the 47-goal record set by former striker Pauleta.

Ronaldo displayed stunning form when his country needed him most, and gave one of his finest performances in a Portugal shirt. Speaking to the media after the match, he said: "I wasn't 100 per cent but I gave my all.

"I wanted to play, to help my country and my team, and it was worth it."

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