Ronaldo started the day on 225 Spanish top-flight goals, three behind Raúl’s record, but finished it on 230 following a virtuoso display in Madrid’s 6-0 defeat of Espanyol. The Portugal forward opened the scoring after seven minutes and had his hat-trick just 13 minutes later. He added two more in the second half to complete his second five-goal haul, the first having come in the 9-1 victory against Granada in April.
Ronaldo’s latest glut also took him level with Lionel Messi’s record of 32 hat-tricks and means he is now on 318 goals in all competitions for Madrid, just five behind Raúl’s club best 323.
Just for good measure, Ronaldo moved into fourth on the list of the leading scorers in Liga history. The only players ahead of him now are Messi (285), Telmo Zarra (251) and Hugo Sánchez (234).
By the end of the season it should be Messi and Ronaldo atop the all-time Liga scoring records.