5 - Five of Ronaldo's hat-tricks have come on global duty with Portugal (against Andorra, Sweden, Armenia, Faroe Islands and Northern Ireland), four of which came in World Cup qualifying.
United - and perhaps England - have not seen a player like him since, yet he hadn't scored a hat-trick in professional football until the start of 2008 and that game against Newcastle, which started with his changing his bright orange boots after 18 minutes.
"Mo's just a positive person and a great guy to be around, he's always smiley and happy", said Gomez, after Salah sportingly apologized to Watford goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis. This treble was significant because it opened the floodgates to Ronaldo scoring big and really cashing in, seizing his chance to boost his goals tally at every opportunity - particularly against the weaker sides.
Former Guangzhou Evergrande coach Scolari, Ronaldo's national boss between 2004 and 2008, told Brazilian outlet Esporte Interativo he had suggested that China could be good for Ronaldo. This time, Mateo Kovacic sent in a pass to Karim Benzema, who slipped a ball in to Ronaldo in the box.
Messi has scored at least a goal in his past six matches in all competitions. The travelling Newcastle fans sang: "We're gonna win 4-3".
Ronaldo has won the Ballon D'or, World Player of the Year, Golden Boot, Champions League, domestic league, domestic cup, World Club Championship, and domestic Super Cup at two different clubs.
Stuani headed a second as Real momentarily switched off at the back, but substitute Bale hit the fifth before Juanpe nodded in a third for Girona.
News now broke that the Portuguese veteran made a bet with his Real Madrid team-mates that he will finish this season as the top scorer in Spain as he is obviously well on course to challenge Messi for the Pichichi award.
Ronaldo's goal rush helped him to leapfrog Luis Suarez into second place on the Liga's top scorer's list, with the Barca forward missing his side's 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao Sunday due to suspension.