Cristiano Ronaldo scores two free-kicks and delicious chip in stunning first-half hat-trick

Cristiano Ronaldo scored an incredible first-half hat-trick for Al Nassr – including two free kicks – on Tuesday night.

The Al Nassr star was in supreme form as they took on Abha in the Saudi Pro League, with the Jeddah-based side taking a 5-0 half-time lead.


Ronaldo was in great shape on Tuesday eveningCredit: Getty

Three of the goals came from Ronaldo alone, who scored two free kicks along the way, including his third on an incredible shot.

To add to his breathtaking opening 45 minutes, he also set up the other two goals from Sadio Mane and Abdulmajeed Al-Sulaiheem.

Ronaldo gave Al Nassr the lead after 11 minutes when his low free kick prompted everyone to scramble and he had another in the 21st minute with another free kick that flew into the corner.

After then setting up Al-Sulaiheem and former Liverpool star Mane, the former Manchester United striker scored five points for Al Nassr on the night with a magnificent chip.

It was his 29th goal of the season for Al Nassr and his second consecutive hat-trick for the club.

On Saturday, Ronaldo scored three goals against Al Tai as Al Nassr continued to pursue their quest for the Saudi Pro League title.

They sit 12 points behind league leaders Al Hilal, who boast their own superstars like Ruben Neves, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Kalidou Koulibaly.

For Ronaldo, it marks an incredible return to action after a disappointing international break where he was first dropped and then failed to score in a defeat against Slovenia.

Ronaldo scored two free-kicks in 21 minutes before a fine chip completed his hat-trick


Ronaldo scored two free-kicks in 21 minutes before a fine chip completed his hat-trickCredit: Getty

According to European football expert Andy Brassell, Ronaldo must be content with the fact that he could be used more as a team player at international level.

He told talkSPORT: “I think Cristiano Ronaldo realizes now that sometimes he will start, and sometimes he will be a team player and that is exactly what he will have to live with.

“It’s interesting because even thinking about criticizing Ronaldo two or three years ago would have been treated as total heresy in Portugal.

“So now I think people understand that Bernardo Silva is their best player.”


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