The Club World Cup doesn’t get oodles of coverage, but if you were paying attention you’ll have noticed Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in the final to help Real Madrid beat Kashima Antlers 4-2.
First things first, it rounded off one of the better weeks in CR7′s career.
Cristiano Ronaldo's week:
Monday: Wins Ballon d'Or 🏆
Thursday: Scores 500th club goal ⚽️
Sunday: Scores 40th Real Madrid hat-trick 👑 pic.twitter.com/HhGMZf5Zhx— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) December 18, 2016
He even won the golden ball award.
adidas Golden Ball: @Cristiano
adidas Silver Ball: @lm19official
adidas Bronze Ball: Gaku ShibasakiDecember 18, 2016
His hat-trick put him in pretty good company too. This tweet explains that Pele and Ronaldo are the only players to have scored hat-tricks in a final of this kind.
Los dos únicos jugadores con hat-trick en finales de CI+MC:
11.10.1962: PELÉ al Benfica
18.12.2106: CRISTIANO al Kashima pic.twitter.com/dAOKbGoqsN— MisterChip (Alexis) (@2010MisterChip) December 18, 2016
Oh, this? Just another hat-trick to add to my collection.
Cristiano Ronaldo hat-tricks for Real Madrid: 40
— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) December 18, 2016
The year hasn’t been a bad one for Cristiano either, to be honest.
Ronaldo first player ever to win Club World Cup, Champions League, European Championships & Ballon D’Or in the same year.— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) December 18, 2016
If you’ve got Ronaldo as your secret Santa this year, don’t buy him a trophy – he’s already got loads.