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Cristiano Ronaldo scores 50th career hat-trick

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored the 50th hat-trick of his career as Real Madrid ran out 6-3 winners against Girona in La Liga.

Ronaldo bagged 4 goals as Los Blancos hammered Girona to move up to third place.

The Portuguese maestro has now scored 21 goals in his last 11 appearances, and has got on the scoresheet of each of his last 8 matches.

Those goals also mean he is now joint top scorer in the top 5 European leagues alongside Mohamed Salah with 35.

In all, he has scored 44 hat-tricks for Real Madrid – a record. In addition he has scored 5 for Portugal and, perhaps surprisingly, just one while he was at Manchester United.

Question is, how many more can he score before he hangs up his boots?

Paris St-Germain and Manchester United on alert after Cristiano Ronaldo told he can leave Real Madrid

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Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly been told he can leave Real Madrid in the summer, with European giants Paris St-Germain and Manchester United as possible destinations.

Apparently, relations between Ronaldo and Real president Florentino Perez have deteriorated badly in recent months, with wage demands a key part of that, according to a report on Yahoo Sports. As a result, if the right offer comes in, Ronaldo could be allowed to go. He has a symbolic euro1 billion release clause, but it is thought Perez will compromise on that.

Given that Ronaldo’s fee will not be cheap – and add in signing-on fees and wages – the Portuguese star will be out of the financial league of all but a very few clubs.

One of those clubs is Qatar-owned PSG, who have a long-standing interest in Ronaldo and also have the sort of ambition that matches the player’s.

Manchester United would also be interested – they have made inquiries about bringing him back to Old Trafford before. Of course, United have the added pull of that is where Ronaldo made his name, and he has previously had a good working relationship with manager Jose Mourinho.

Ronaldo’s dispute with Perez is thought to stem from the latter apparently reneging on a promise to improve the former’s pay deal. Ronaldo is apparently unhappy that after winning his 5th Balon d’Or and helping Madrid to a La Liga, Champions League and World Club Cup treble, his basic wage – a mere euro£48 million gross per year – is less than that of Lionel Messi at Barcelona and Neymar at PSG.

Not only that, but Ronaldo has been investigated by Spanish tax authorities, and his form for Real this season has been below his usual – admittedly sky-high – standards.

Should Ronaldo go, it could lead to Madrid making a move for Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane, who is valued at £200 million.

Cristiano Ronaldo to fund building of children’s hospital in Chile

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Real Madrid superstar is to finance a venture to build a pediatric hospital in Santiago, the capital of Chile, it has been announced.

Ronaldo has apparently teamed up with Italian businessman Alessandro Proto for the venture, which will be completed in 2020, according to a statement from New York-based law firm Brafman & Associates.

This is apparently not the only hospital they plan to build in South America in the future.

Ronaldo is known for his charity work, and is an ambassador for Save the Children, World Vision and Unicef. He also recently raised £600,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation by auctioning off his 2013 Balon d’Or.

Cristiano Ronaldo claims fifth Balon d’Or and is proclaimed best ever by Zinedine Zidane

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Zinedine Zidane has claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo is the greatest player of all time, after the Real Madrid star picked up his 5th Balon d’Or.

Ronaldo’s win in the annual poll – his second in successive years – takes him level with his great rival Lionel Messi in most wins. He also won the award in 2008, 2013 and 2014.

The Ballon d’Or is voted for by 173 journalists from around the world, and has been awarded by France Football every year since 1956.

But Ronaldo’s record makes him the best ever, according to Zidane, who won the Balon d’Or himself in 1998.

“The stats speak for themselves,” he said. “He’s the best player in the history of football.

“He’ll always be up here for me. Many things have been said about him, and what he does out on the field every match is phenomenal.

“The other day I said that a player could come here and stay for 15 or 20 years and he’ll never do what he’s done. He’s made history at the club and will continue to do so and I hope he’ll retire here.”

Ronaldo, 32, has scored 418 goals in 412 games for Real, winning three Champions Leagues and two La Liga titles. He also captained Portugal to the Euro 2016 title. While his league form has been patchy this season, in the Champions League he became the first player to score in all 6 group games.

After winning the award, Ronaldo posted a message on Instagram saying: “Another dream come true. Unbelievable feeling. Thanks to my family, friends, teammates, coaches and everyone that stood by my side throughout the years.”

Real Madrid line up summer bid for Chelsea star Eden Hazard

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Spanish giants are reportedly lining up a bid for Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard in the summer, as manager Zinedine Zidane’s marquee signing.

Hazard has been in sparkling form for Chelsea this season, with 5 goals in 12 games, and Zidane believes that pairing the Belgian with Cristiano Ronaldo could bring out the best in the latter, according to Spanish news outlet Dario Gol.

Ronaldo has struggled for form this season, with just 2 goals to his name so far in La Liga – well below his usual high standards.

Hazard would not come cheap: the 25-year-old is approaching his peak as a player and, if he has a good showing at the World Cup in Russia, it could push his value even higher. It would certainly take a British record fee for Madrid to entice Chelsea into selling – the current record involving an English club is £89 million, which Manchester United paid Juventus for Paul Pogba – and probably north of £100 million.

However, in Madrid’s favour is that Hazard is a known fan of Zidane, as he told Belgian TV channel RTL recently. “Everyone knows the respect I have for Zidane as a player, but also as a manager. He was my idol. “To play under Zidane would be a dream.”

But Hazard did add that he was happy at Chelsea and is focused on playing for them.