Cristiano Ronaldo Finally Nets His First Seria A Hat-trick in Style

Cristiano Ronaldo registered his first Serie A hat-trick to lead champions Juventus to a 4-0 thrashing of Cagliari on Monday, taking his tally to eight goals in his last five league games.

 Ronaldo pounced on a mistake in the Cagliari defence to break the deadlock four minutes after half-time before adding the second from a penalty as he scored for the fifth league game in a row.

After setting up Gonzalo Higuain for the third goal of the game in the 81st minute, he completed the rout by finishing off a counter-attack one minute later.

The win left Juventus top of Serie A with 45 points from 18 games, at least until Inter Milan, who are three points behind, visit Napoli in the evening match. Ronaldo took his tally this season to 15 goals, including 13 in Serie A.

The 34-year-old is in his best scoring run since his £99.2m move from Real Madrid in 2018, scoring in each of his last five Serie A games.

Juventus overtakes Inter Milan to go top in Serie A, but Inter can go back to the summit if they beat Napoli at 19:45 GMT.

It was Ronaldo's second hat-trick for Juve, having scored three against Atletico Madrid in last season's Champions League last-16 tie. He has scored three hat-tricks for Portugal since then.

The former Manchester United forward is the first player since Alexis Sanchez to score a hat-trick in the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A.

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