Trying to predict the outcome of a match is always hard. Tipsters often get it right - but they are often only able to predict the winning team, perhaps the point spread.
But Ronaldo’s performance in Juventus’ Sunday game against Cagliari was not something even the most talented tipster could predict. If anything, it was like betting on zero three times in a row at alive casino
and winning all three bets. Not impossible, but you have to be very lucky to actually pull it off.
Three times, because not only did Cristiano Ronaldo pull off a hat-trick during the match, scoring all three goals, but he also bore Pelé’s long-standing world record goal tally.
Brazilian football legend Pelé congratulated Cristiano Ronaldo after he broke the former’s long-standing goalscoring record. And Ronaldo did it in a spectacular way, scoring all three goals in Juventus’ 3-1 win over Cagliari on the 14th of March.
Ronaldo recently matched Pelé’s “official” goal tally, scoring 767 career goals. With the hat-trick scored against Cagliari, he exceeded it, becoming the player with the highest official tally in the history of football.
Pelé’s “official” record - as much as it is possible to be official, considering that FIFA doesn’t keep a record of all goals scored by a player - is 767 career goals scored in domestic tournaments (656 goals from 702 matches), international tournaments (24 goals in 18 matches) and with the Brazil national team (77 goals from 92 matches). His “unofficial” tally is almost double, though, and includes everything from friendly matches, amateur games, and unofficial encounters.
Official or not, Pelé congratulated Ronaldo on Instagram for his performance on the turf:
“@cristiano , life is a solo flight. Each makes his own journey. And what a beautiful journey you are having! I admire you a lot, I love watching you play and this is no secret to anyone. Congratulations on breaking my record of goals in official matches. My only regret is not being able to give you a hug today. But I leave this photo in your honor, with great affection, as the symbol of a friendship that has existed for many years.”
Juventus’ last match against Cagliari was one that Ronaldo can truly be proud of. The 36-year-old forward’s first goal was a spectacular header he scored in the 10th minute, followed by a penalty he made count in the 25th, and jus seven minutes later, he completed the hat-trick. To make things even more interesting, he scored using his head, his left foot, and his right foot .
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first hat-trick on record in a match he played with Manchester United against Newcastle in January 2008 - the Manchester side humiliated Newcastle with a score of 6-0. Since then, he repeated this performance a total of 57 times.
Incidentally, he scored his first Serie A hat-trick against Cagliari last January - it was his 56th, and made him the second footballer ever, after Chilean player Alexis Sánchez, to score hat-tricks in the Premier League, La Liga, and Serie A.