‘Amazing’ Ronaldo hailed as ‘greatest goalscorer of all time’ as Twitter reacts
The Real Madrid forward scored his 51st hat-trick of his career to earn Portugal a valuable point in Group B.
Cristiano Ronaldo continued his incredible goalscoring record as he single-handedly earned Portugal a vital point in their World Cup opener with neighbours Spain.
The Real Madrid man scored a hat-trick, capped by a stunning 88th-minute free-kick, as the game ended 3-3.
Bizarrely, it was his first free-kick goal in international tournament football, completing his 51st career treble.
Here, Press Association Sport looks at how social media reacted to Ronaldo’s scintillating display in Sochi.
Amazing @Cristiano no words— Franco Baresi (@FBaresi) June 15, 2018
Amazing @Cristiano !!— Gary Neville (@GNev2) June 15, 2018
Ronaldooooooooooooooooo— Peter Schmeichel (@Pschmeichel1) June 15, 2018
Ronaldo is on 🔥 BOOM @FIFAWorldCup— Kelly Smith MBE (@kelly_smith10) June 15, 2018
Ronaldo scores his 51st hat-trick. His goal was his first successful freekick in a major tournaments at the 45th attempt. Incredible.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 15, 2018
😳😳😳— André Schürrle (@Andre_Schuerrle) June 15, 2018
Ronaldo big game big player biggest stage we are witnessing greatness #Worldcup2018Russia 🇵🇹— Charlie Austin (@chazaustin10) June 15, 2018
What a game! Unbelievable quality from both sides in different ways. Cristiano Ronaldo was a true leader out there, took responsibility made some great attacking runs a freekick! Spain played the football they love, unreal to watch! Great night in Sochi! #Worldcup2018Russia— Andrei Kanchelskis (@AAKanchelskis) June 15, 2018
Say no more!!!! @Cristiano— Ronny Johnsen (@JRonnyJohnsen) June 15, 2018
Ronaldo the 🐐 can’t even argue it no more 🙈— Rolando Aarons (@RolandoAarons) June 15, 2018
OMG— Lee Dixon (@LeeDixon2) June 15, 2018
Stop it. Incredible. Cristiano Ronaldo is a GOD. What a game. 3-3 Spain v Portugal. World Cup has began. Cometh the hour to deliver on the Biggest stage. BANG! ⚽️⚽️⚽️💥— John Salako (@JohnSalako) June 15, 2018
What a stunning free kick! Great way to make a hat trick 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻— Matt Le Tissier (@mattletiss7) June 15, 2018