The 50th hat-trick of Cristiano Ronaldo’s stellar career inspired Real Madrid to an entertaining 6-3 victory at home to Girona in LaLiga.
The Portuguese netted for the eighth game in a row in all competitions, while it was the fourth league outing in succession in which he has found the net at least twice.
His first arrived in the 11th minute, a clinical left-footed finish from Toni Kroos’ ball, but Girona pegged the champions back shortly before the half-hour as Cristhian Stuani headed home from a free-kick.
Ronaldo restored Madrid’s advantage early in the second period at the end of a fine move and then added an assist for good measure as Lucas Vazquez – who saw a goal wrongly ruled out for offside in the first half – got in on the act.
The matchball was secured soon after the hour as Ronaldo converted a rebound before Stuani bagged his second with another header – his ninth this season via that method, a LaLiga high.
Substitute Gareth Bale joined in the fun four minutes from time and although Madrid conceded their third header of the game to Juanpe, it was fitting that Ronaldo had the last word by rifling in his fourth in stoppage time.