Ronaldo hat-trick fires Portugal to brink of Euro 2020 qualification

Cristiano Ronaldo Juventus 2019-20

Ronaldo hat-trick sees Portugal crush Lithuania to close in on Euro spot

He reportedly left the stadium before the final whistle after being taken off by Sarri during Juve's 1-0 Serie A win over AC Milan at the weekend.

Ronaldo's performance came after a turbulent week with his club, after he recently stormed off after being substituted to help rest his knee injury.

Santos told RTP: 'He's fine.

"His match put an end to the doubts about his physical condition, for those who had doubts".

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No sooner had the match finished, Ronaldo's sister Katia Aveiro chose to have her say on matters in more cryptic fashion, posting an image of her brother in his Portugal kit onto social media.

Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo (3), Pizzi (1), Goncalo Paciencia (1) and Bernado Silva (1) ensure Portugal defeated Lithuania at Estadio Algarve.

Ronaldo, whose hat-trick was the 55th of his career and ninth for Portugal, has 98 goals and could become only the second player to score a century for his country after Iran's Ali Daei.

Portugal can seal second place in Group B if they beat Luxembourg in their final qualifier on Sunday.

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Iranian great Ali Daei holds the all-time record with 109 global strikes.

Ronaldo, who scored a hat-trick against Lithuania, said Fernando Santos's men are one step closer to qualifying for Euro 2020.

The match was full of highlights both on and off the ball but none was cuter than the moment the 34-year old decided to make a pitch invader's dream come true.

Ronaldo missed a golden chance for his fourth goal when his shot from near the penalty spot sailed over the crossbar in the 68th.

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Ronaldo's other hat-tricks include 44 for Real Madrid, one for Juventus and one for Manchester United.

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