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Wayne Lumbasi

Cristiano Ronaldo has gone down in history as the all-time top scorer after his hat-trick brought a 3-2 victory to Manchester United against Tottenham on Saturday.

Ronaldo’s second goal for Manchester United against Tottenham on Saturday evening saw the Portuguese break Josef Bican’s previous record of 805 goals.

The 37-year-old has now racked up 807 goals while playing for Sporting Lisbon (five goals), Manchester United (136), Real Madrid (450), Juventus (101) and the Portugal national team (115). 

The five-times-Ballon D’or winner won five UEFA Champions League titles, in 2008 with Manchester United, in 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018 with Real Madrid, three Premier League titles with Manchester United in 2007, 2008, 2009 and two La Liga trophies with Real Madrid in 2012 and 2017 throughout his astonishing career.

Ronaldo (right) celebrating with Sancho (left) after scoring the opening goal against Tottenham /Getty Images/

The 37-year-old missed last Sunday’s 4-1 defeat to Manchester City through a hip injury but returned to the starting XI on Saturday to play a key role.

The Portuguese superstar scored in the 12th, 28th, and 81st minutes of the game against Tottenham. Courtesy of this hat trick by Ronaldo, Manchester United avoided a draw and consolidated their position in the points table. Ronaldo scored the first goal from distance.

Cristiano Ronaldo /Getty Images/

Tottenham came back after Harry Kane scored a penalty in the 35th minute. Ronaldo scored again on counter in the 38th minute owing to a smart pass by Jadon Sancho from the left-wing.

After half-time, Tottenham equalized as Harry Maguire conceded an own goal in the 72nd minute. Ronaldo didn’t budge and scored the winner in the 81st minute. He headed the ball past Hugo Lloris.

Cristiano Ronaldo was criticized for a perceived lack of commitment to the team, but this comeback will serve as an apt reply to his critics.

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