"Goals happen thanks to the efforts of the entire team,"said Ronaldo after the match on Sunday, trying to play down his feat, but truth is he played a decisive role in the victory with his three strikes. Mourinho himself described the player's third strike as "fantastic" and "incredible."
Ronaldo scored his first hat-trick with the Whites in the penultimate league match of the 2009/10 season against Mallorca (4-1). He tallied three or more strikes in six league games last season, therefore breaking the five hat-trick record of Langara and Romario. Ronaldo has already scored six this season against Rayo Vallecano, Osasuna, Levante, Zaragoza, Malaga and Sevilla. In total, the Golden Boot and Pichichi Trophy winner has 13 hat-tricks under his belt in 85 league games. Ronaldo is currently the fifth player with most hat-tricks in the history of La Liga behind Zarra, Di Stefano, Mundo and Cesar.