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Ronaldo 53, Messi 51

Cristiano Ronaldo once again wrote world-wide headlines after scoring his seventh hat-trick for Portugal on Wednesday, extending a record over his longstanding rival in doing so.

Read: Hat-Trick Hero Ronaldo Sets New World Record

The Portugal captain put in a Man of the Match performance to send his team to the inaugural UEFA Nations League final, scoring all three goals in a 3-1 victory over Switzerland.

It was Ronaldo’s seventh hat-trick for A Selecao and the 53rd overall in his career – two more than Messi.

The 34-year-old has now scored 34 hat-tricks in LaLiga, seven in the UEFA Champions League, two in the Copa del Rey and one at the FIFA Club World Cup - all from his time at Real Madrid. In addition, he has also netted one treble for Manchester United, one for Juventus and now seven for Portugal.

Click through the gallery below to see images of Ronaldo's latest hat-trick show:

 

Messi, meanwhile, has scored 33 hat-tricks in LaLiga plus another eight in the UCL, three in the Copa del Rey, one in the Spanish Super Cup and six for Argentina.

Ronaldo and Portugal will await the winner of England and the Netherlands in the Nations League final on home soil, with the 34-year-old eyeing his second international title.

Read: Breaking: CAF President Arrested!

He also wrote his name once again in football’s history books after becoming the first player to score at 10 major international tournaments, breaking the record he previously shared with Ghana icon Asamoah Gyan.

Ronaldo or Messi – who do you think will retire with more hat-tricks? Have your say in the comments section below.

 

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