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‘This is ridiculous’: Ronaldo receives mockery for trumpeting his latest hat-trick... scoring against 94th-ranked Luxembourg again

‘This is ridiculous’: Ronaldo receives mockery for trumpeting his latest hat-trick... scoring against 94th-ranked Luxembourg again
Cristiano Ronaldo has marked moving further ahead as the top international scorer of all time with his 58th career hat-trick – but some fans feel he has little to boast about after racking up more goals against minnows Luxembourg.

Stats-watchers were quick to revise Ronaldo's astonishing figures as he stretched his lead at the top of the all-time scoring charts, moving six clear of former record-holder Ali Daei as his 10th treble for Portugal made it 115 international goals for the Manchester United marksman.

Debates about the greatest players of all time inevitably follow whenever Ronaldo or Lionel Messi reach new landmarks, with one accusation regularly leveled against the Selecao captain concerning the quality of opposition he has scored a significant proportion of his goals against.

Despite Luxembourg's lowly ranking – they are currently 94th, directly ahead of Vietnam and behind Jordan and Congo – Ronaldo was in no mood for playing down the feat.

"Another victory, another step towards our goal, another historic night in defense of our colors," the 36-year-old chirped on Instagram after Portugal moved closer to qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

"Everything becomes easier when we play at home and in front of an audience that cares for us from the first to the last minute.

"I had promised that I would always be looking for more and more and more. It is in my DNA and in our DNA.

"We are never satisfied, we never let our arms down and we will always fight for everything we can achieve. Go Portugal."

Critics on social media often dismiss the superstar as 'Penaldo' because of his record being beefed up by penalties, and he added two against Luxembourg before a close-range 88th-minute goal to complete his haul.

That made Luxembourg the international team he has scored most against, with his total of nine in the fixture representing two more than he has notched against next-nearest teams Lithuania and Sweden.

The two best teams Ronaldo has hit a hat-trick against are Spain and Switzerland, but the other eight sides on the list could hardly be considered heavyweights, including the likes of Andorra, Armenia, the Faroe Islands and Northern Ireland.

"All I ever hear is how Neymar scores in a farmers' league," said one unimpressed viewer, referring to the derogatory title with which the French Ligue 1, in which Neymar and Messi play for Paris Saint-Germain, is often known by its detractors.

"Can someone take a look at some of the teams Ronaldo and some of the other European stars play against? I mean really, this is ridiculous."

Another argued: "King of penalties and tap-ins against Luxembourg and Lithuania."

The many devout admirers of the world's most followed figure on social media were predictably undeterred.

"Cristiano Ronaldo scored back to back hat tricks in the Champions League against prime [goalkeepers Manuel] Neuer and [Jan] Oblak," gushed one, pointing out their hero's generally convincing record against elite opponents.

"So you can't troll his hat-trick against Luxembourg. He has done it relentlessly against the best with ease."

United's Twitter account posted that it would be a huge 'red flag' for anyone to suggest that Ronaldo is not the greatest player of all time.

Portugal are a point behind leaders Serbia with a game in hand in qualification Group A. Their home match against the team currently above them, on November 14, is likely to be crucial in deciding which of the rivals reaches the finals automatically.

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