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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?

Mohamed Salah as influential as Messi and Maradona – Klopp

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Mohamed Salah is becoming as influential for Liverpool as players such as Lionel Messi is for Barcelona and Diego Maradona was for Napoli, according to Reds manager Jurgen Klopp.

Salah scored 4 goals against Watford yesterday, taking his goal tally for the Premier League season to 28 and 36 in all competitions – making him the top scorer in the top 5 European leagues, ahead of the likes of Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Kane.

Speaking after the match, Klopp was fulsome in his praise for the Egyptian forward, saying he was “on his way” to being mentioned in the same breath as Messi. Although he added that Salah himself probably wouldn’t want to be compared to the Argentinian great as he is focused on his own game.

“The last player I know who had the same influence on a team performance was Diego Maradona,” Klopp added.

Salah has had a profound effect on the side since he joined in the summer, and has had a hand in more than half of the goals Liverpool have scored in the PL – he has 9 assists to go with his 28 goals.

“As it is always in life, if you have to have the skills you have to show that constantly and consistently, and he is very good,” Klopp added.

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 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.”

Lionel Messi signs new Barcelona contract with ridiculous buy-out clause

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Lionel Messi has signed a new contract that will keep him at the Camp Nou until the end of the 2020/21 season and it has a buy-out clause of €700 million (£626 million).

The deal means that, at the end of the deal, Messi will have been at Barcelona for more than 20 years. Messi, 30, joined the club as a 13-year-old.

In his time at Barcelona Messi has made 602 appearances and scored 523 goals. He has helped Barca to win 8 La Liga titles and 4 Champions Leagues.

Messi has also won 4 European Golden Shoe awards – the most recent coming on November 24, in recognition of his 37 goals in the Spanish league last season.

Barca officials had initially announced Messi had signed a new deal in July, but it quickly emerged that wasn’t the case and led to speculation that he could leave. However, this new deal – and massive buy-out clause – should put those rumours to bed.

A statement from the club said Messi’s signing would be “music to the ears of all Barca fans.”