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Ronaldo Equals Magical World Cup Pele Record

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in Portugal’s 3-3 thriller against Spain, and equalled a 48-year-old World Cup record jointly held by Brazil legend Pele along the way.

Click through the mini-gallery to see all four players, who scored in four different World Cups.

The Portuguese converted an early penalty, becoming only the fourth player in World Cup history to score in four different editions of the tournament.

Ronaldo joined the illustrious club of only four players on Friday night after having now scored in the 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018 World Cups.

The first footballer to achieve this feat was Germany’s Uwe Seeler, who beat legendary Pele to the record by just minutes as both scored at the tournaments in 1958, 1962, 1966 and 1970.

Seeler's countryman Miroslav Klose achieved the record in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014.

He added his fifth and sixth goal in tournament history, scoring his side's 2-1 just before half-time as wel as the late 3-3 equalizer with a stunning free-kick.

Overall, though, Ronaldo remained behind the other three legends, as he has now scored six times in World Cup history.

Klose is, to date, the player with most World Cup goals, having netted 16 times for Germany. Pele, meanwhile, has scored 12 goals at the world’s biggest showpiece, and Seeler struke nine.

Read: Messi Names Eight Stars To Watch At The World Cup, Snubs Ronaldo

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