- The first round of the World Cup has beloned to Ronaldo
- The Portugese scored a hat-trick against Spain
- Messi, however, had a pretty ordinary outing against Iceland, missing a penalty
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As Portugal opened their World Cup campaign against Spain, it was Ronaldo’s hat-trick that allowed Portugal to salvage a draw in the Iberian rivaly. Messi, however, endured a pretty ordinary outing during the Group D opener between Argentina and Iceland. Not only did the Argentine miss all his 10 attempts at goal, a missed penalty was a prime example of Messi not being in his elements, at least for the time being.
CR7, The Trickster
– Against Spain, Ronaldo scored his first hat-trick in a World Cup
– It was his sixth international hat-trick, and his 51st for club and country
– He joined Brazil’s Pele, West Germany’s Uwe Seeler, and Germany’s Miroslav Klose in the select list of players who have scored goals in four World Cups
– Ronaldo, 33, is now the oldest hat-trick scorer in a World Cup game. The previous oldest was Rob Rensenbrink of the Netherlands. He was 30 when he achieved the feat against Iran in 1978.