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Cristiano Ronaldo incredible hat-trick record for Real Madrid

Ronaldo has struck an incredible 19 HAT-TRICKS for Real Madrid since 2010… and his latest one is just perfect


August 28 – Zaragoza (A) League 24, 71, 87 (won 6-0) 63min
September 24 – Rayo Vallecano (H) 39, pen 51, pen 84 (won 6-2) 45min
October 22 – Malaga (A) 23, 28, 38 (won 4-0) 15min
November 6 – Osasuna (H) 23, pen 54, 58 (won 7-1) 35min
December 17 – Sevilla (A) 10, 41, pen 85 (won 6-2) 75min
February 12 – Levante (H) pen 45, 50, 57 (won 4-2) 12min
April 11 – Atletico Madrid (A) 25, 68, pen 83 (won 4-1) 58min

2012-2013
September 30 – Deportivo La Coruna (H) pen 23, 44, pen 84 (won 5-1) 61min
October 3 – Ajax (A) Champions League 42, 79, 81 (won 4-1) 41min
January 9 – Celta Vigo (H) Copa del Rey 3, 24, 87 (won 4-0) 84min
January 27 – Getafe (H) League 62, 65, pen 72 (won 4-0) 10min

How does Ronaldo's perfect hat-trick compare to these

Peter Crouch (Liverpool v Arsenal 2006/2007)

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (Chelsea v Tottenham 2001-2002)

Joel Pohjanpalo (Perfect hat-trick in three minutes 19 seconds for HJK Helsinki)

WILL OLD TRAFFORD'S BOBBLY PITCH SLOW HIM DOWN

The inconsistent playing surface at Old Trafford has caused difficulties at times for Manchester United this season – so much so that Darren Fletcher has not been able to play on it.

But it could prove a blessing in disguise when Real Madrid – and ex-United star Cristiano Ronaldo – come calling in the Champions League next month.

The less-than-perfect pitch is coming towards the end of its lifespan – having been laid six years ago.

And it was again noticeable on Saturday, when large areas started cutting up during United's FA Cup tie with Fulham.

Muddy: The Old Trafford turf kicks up as Javier Hernandez shoots during the recent match with West Ham

Muddy: The Old Trafford turf kicks up as Javier Hernandez shoots during the recent match with West Ham

But it won't be re-laid until the summer – meaning Ronaldo and co will have to make the best of it as they try to get past United into the last eight.

Earlier this month, Sir Alex Ferguson said the surface had 'collapsed' and that it was so heavy, Fletcher, who was trying to make a return following a bowel condition, was unable to make progress.

Ferguson said: 'We have had six great years out of the pitch. Our groundsman, Tony Sinclair, has done a fantastic job. But it is looking tired now and I think we will have a new pitch in the summer.'

Former Ballon d"Or winner Luis Figo backs Christiano Ronaldo to beat Lionel Messi to this year"s award

Former winner Luis Figo backs Ronaldo to beat Messi to this year's Ballon d'Or

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18:15 GMT, 27 December 2012

Luis Figo has said there’s nothing to stop Cristiano Ronaldo from achieving Ballon d’Or glory this year.

The former Portuguese midfielder says Ronaldo is more than deserving of the honour, highlighting his excellent performances for both Real Madrid and their shared nation.

‘There’s nothing to stop [Ronaldo] from winning it,’ the former Barcelona and Sporting Lisbon hero.

Legend: Figo won the Ballon d'Or in 2000 in his first season for Real Madrid

Legend: Figo won the Ballon d'Or in 2000 during his first season for Real Madrid

‘He is one of the favourites to win all the individual trophies there are, even more so this year, because I think he had a good season in the league and did well at the Euros.’

Quoted in Mundo Deportivo, the 2000 Ballon d’Or recipient added: ‘There are a lot of people involved in the choice, so it is always difficult to know who will win.’

When he scores, he can really go for it. Ronaldo has netted seven league hat-tricks in each of the last two seasons.

Goal machines: Both Messi and Ronaldo have been in magnificent goalscoring form over the past few seasons

Goal machines: Both Messi and Ronaldo have been in magnificent goalscoring form over the past few seasons

Goal machines: Both Messi and Ronaldo have been in magnificent goalscoring form over the past few seasons

Figo is of course referring to the seemingly unstoppable Lionel Messi as Ronaldo’s competition, but even suggests it’s easier to win the honour now, than it was in his day.

‘It was one of the most special moments in my career on the individual side of things, because there are few players who have the opportunity to win this trophy.

‘At the time, there were lots of players who were in with a shout, whilst now there are four or five big candidates.

Ronaldo was unable to lead Portugal to glory in Euro 2012 after they were knocked out by Spain in the semi-final

Ronaldo was unable to lead Portugal to glory in Euro 2012 after they were knocked out by Spain in the semi-final

Messi's incredible hat-trick against Brazil silenced those who criticised him for his under-par performances for Argentina

Messi's incredible hat-trick against Brazil silenced those who criticised him for his under-par performances for Argentina

Wayne Rooney is the only English player on the shortlist for the award

Wayne Rooney is the only English player on the shortlist for the award

‘It was a privilege and a proud moment for me.’

Barcelona ace Messi has a truly mind-blowing ability for finding the back of the net and whether or not he’s a safe bet for the Ballon d’Or, he’s already had plenty of reason to celebrate.

He’s Barcelona’s all-time leading scorer, something he achieved aged just 24, and earlier this matched Gerd Muller’s record for the most goals scored in a calendar year. If he is triumphant, it will be his fourth successive Ballon d’Or.

The initial 23-man shortlist, dominated by Real Madrid and Barcelona players and featuring Wayne Rooney as the lone Brit, was whittled down to just three, with Andreas Iniesta completing the trio.

National coaches, captains and selected journalists will vote for the winner of the FIFA crown and the winner will be presented at the Zurich Kongresshaus on January 7, 2013.

They’re arguably the world’s greatest footballers, so what finer way to split them apart than by checking out their stats:

BATTLE FOR THE BALLON D'OR: RONALDO VS MESSI

RONALDO
MESSI

LA LIGA

Appearances:

17

17

Goals:

14

26

Assists:

3

5

ALL COMPETITIONS

Appearances:

26

26

Goals:

23

35

Assists:

4

8

Arsenal"s Santi Cazorla has one, but Dixie Dean holds hat-trick record at 37

Nice trick, Santi, but you've got a long way to go before you beat Dixie!

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23:18 GMT, 18 December 2012

Santi Cazorla scored his first hat-trick in English football against Reading on Monday, but the Spanish maestro has a long way to go before he can write his name into the English football record books.

Here, Sportsmail looks at some of the all-time English record-breakers:

DIXIE DEAN: Everton, 1925-37, 37

The legendary centre forward has the most hat-tricks in English football with an astonishing 37. Everton’s first ever No 9 also scored the most league goals in a season — 60 — in 1927-28.

Record holder: Dixie Dean launches an attack against Arsenal

Record holder: Dixie Dean launches an attack against Arsenal

GEORGE CAMSELL: Middlesbrough, 1925-39, 24

Middlesbrough’s record scorer notched 24 hat-tricks and held the greatest haul of league goals in a season with 59 before Dean broke it. He also scored 18 times in nine England appearances, the best international goals-per-game ratio for any English player.

STEVE BULL: Wolves, 1986-99, 18

Wanderers striker Bull scored a club record 18 hat-tricks, with his goals helping Wolves win back-to-back promotions in the 1980s.

A bit of Bully: Steve Bull was a goal machine at Wolves

A bit of Bully: Steve Bull was a goal machine at Wolves

DENIS LAW: Man Utd, 1962-73, 18

Forward Law scored 18 hat-tricks in his time at Old Trafford, including one against former club Huddersfield as United won the FA Cup in 1963.

GORDON HODGSON: Liverpool, 1925–36, 17

In his 10 years at Anfield, Hodgson averaged more than 20 goals a season, and his record of 17 hat-tricks remains a club record.

P.S.

Though not on the individual records list, Robert Earnshaw is the only striker to score a hat-trick in the Premier League, all three divisions of the Football League, the FA Cup, the League Cup and in an international, for Wales.

Wigan"s Jordi Gomez resists urge to hit back at fans

Wigan's Gomez keeps stum over fans' abuse after hitting treble in Reading win

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22:00 GMT, 25 November 2012

Jordi Gomez resisted the temptation to use his first hat-trick as an opportunity to take a pop at the Wigan fans who regularly abuse him.

The Spaniard had scored just seven goals in three seasons prior to his match-winning treble in the Latics' thrilling 3-2 defeat of Reading.

And his lack of goals made him a target for home fans frustrated at his lack of end product in a Wigan shirt.

Make mine a treble: Jordi Gomez celebrates his third goal against Reading

Make mine a treble: Jordi Gomez celebrates his third goal against Reading

After joining Fernando Torres as the only Spaniards to score Premier League hat-tricks, he had the perfect opportunity to answer back.

But Gomez, 27, bit his lip and preferred to reflect on a clinical series of finishes rather than the abuse he endured early on for miss-placing several passes.

He said: 'I'm used to it and it makes me stronger than ever.

'I can't say anything to them because they are free to say what they think and I'm just trying to play my football and give my best. I did that. I scored three goals.'

No-one was more relieved to see Gomez score the stoppage time winner than Ali Al-Habsi.

Gaffe: Wigan's Ali Al Habsi looked to have cost his side the win

Gaffe: Wigan's Ali Al Habsi looked to have cost his side the win

Having earlier been beaten by Sean Morrison's header, he contrived to fumble a simple catch under his own crossbar from Hal Robson-Kanu's blocked shot over his own line to allow Reading to equalise.

That had looked costly until Gomez latched onto Arouna Kone's ball and powerfully struck the winner.

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez said: 'It is not unusual for keepers to make mistakes, it is just that you are not used to seeing Ali do it. That was the surprise.

'It was good to see the players want to help him out by scoring another goal.'

Liverpool plot move for Dutch youngster Jurgen Locadia

Liverpool plot move for Dutch youngster Locadia after debut hat-trick

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22:28 GMT, 17 October 2012

Liverpool are monitoring young Dutch striker Jurgen Locadia.

The 18-year-old scored an 11-minute hat-trick on his Eredivisie debut for PSV Eindhoven in their 6-0 defeat of VVV Venlo last month.

Wanted man: Jurgen Locadia is a target for Liverpool

Wanted man: Jurgen Locadia is a target for Liverpool

Chelsea and Everton scouts see Waris Majeed hit hat-trick in Sweden

Chelsea and Everton scouts see young Ghana forward hit hat-trick in Sweden

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21:40 GMT, 9 October 2012

Chelsea scouts watched Ghanaian Waris Majeed score a hat-trick for Swedish side BK Hacken against Syrianska at the weekend.

The prolific 21-year-old is normally a forward but figured in midfield.

Everton and Porto were also represented.

On target: Hat-trick hero Waris Majeed celebrates scoring for Hacken

On target: Hat-trick hero Waris Majeed celebrates scoring for Hacken

Liverpool"s diving record could be costing them decisions

Suarez has worst diving record in Premier League… and it could be costing Liverpool penalties

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21:30 GMT, 29 September 2012

Liverpool have the worst record for diving in the Premier League – and it might be costing them legitimate penalties.

This week manager Brendan Rodgers claimed his players might have to go down more often to win kicks – but it may not do them much good.

Caught out: Luis Suarez has been cautioned three times for simulation, more than any other player

Caught out: Luis Suarez has been cautioned three times for simulation, more than any other player

WORST DIVERS IN THE LEAGUE

Luis Suarez (already booked for diving
once this season) was denied a clear penalty on Saturday when he was
hauled down in the area and should also have had one against Manchester
United after a Jonny Evans tackle.

Rodgers said: 'Of course it was a penalty. If Antonio Valencia's was a penalty last week, of course that was, but he doesn't always get given the decisions he deserves.'

There's a reason for that. Opta stats show Liverpool players have received six yellow cards for simulation since the start of last season – more than any other club and more than 25 per cent of the overall total shown.

Suarez – described by Sir Alex Ferguson last season as diving 'all over the place' – is the chief culprit, with three cautions, more than any other player.

The other side: Suarez bagged a hat-trick against Norwich as Liverpool won 5-2

The other side: Suarez bagged a hat-trick against Norwich as Liverpool won 5-2

Premier League LIVE: Fulham v Man City, Norwich v Liverpool, Reading v Newcastle, Everton v Saints, Stoke v Swansea and Sunderland v Wigan

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Fulham v Man City, Norwich v Liverpool, Reading v Newcastle, Everton v Saints, Stoke v Swansea and Sunderland v Wigan

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14:49 GMT, 29 September 2012

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Man City travel to Fulham, Liverpool go to Norwich and Reading host Newcastle. Everton are at home against Southampton while Stoke face Swansea and Sunderland play Wigan. Will Roberto Mancini's side continue their title bid Can Brendan Rodgers steer his way past Chris Hughton's Canaries Find out here – all kick-offs 3pm.

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Barclays Premier League

HT: Everton 3 Southampton 1

HT: Fulham 1 Man City 1

HT: Norwich 0 Liverpool 2

HT: Reading 0 Newcastle 0

HT: Stoke 2 Swansea 0

HT: Sunderland 0 Wigan 0

3.49pm: It's half-time now in all six games. Ominous team talks on the way for Nigel Adkins, Chris Hughton and Michael Laudrup.

GOAL! Fulham 1 Man City 1 (Aguero)

Aguero follows up as Schwarzer parries the ball into his path… quite a game at Craven Cottage.

GOAL! Norwich 0 Liverpool 2 (Suarez)

Three players on hat-tricks! Norwich's poor start to the season looks set to go on.

GOAL! Everton 3 (Jelavic) Southampton 1

That's 12 goals conceded by Southampton now in less than two-and-a-half away games… Jelavic on a hat-trick.

Spot on: Mladen Petric gives Fulham the lead against Man City

Spot on: Mladen Petric gives Fulham the lead against Man City

GOAL! Stoke 2 (Crouch) Swansea 0

Peter Crouch is on a hat-trick now after gets on the end of a Charlie Adam cross. Stoke look set for their first win of the season.

3.34pm: Carlos Tevez has had a decent penalty shout turned down at Craven Cottage after he was felled by John Arne Riise… If you're wondering what's going on at Reading, the answer is not much.

GOAL! Everton 2 (Jelavic) Southampton 1

The Toffees have turned it around after some fine work from Kevin Mirallas sets up Nikica Jelavic for an easy finish.

GOAL! Everton 1 (Osman) Southampton 1

It had been coming ever since Southampton took the lead – there's more goals in that one you feel.

3.23pm: Luis Suarez has just been taken out by Leon Barnett for what should have been a clear penalty… but the ref didn't give it.

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Opener: Peter Crouch celebrates his strike against Swansea

GOAL! Stoke 1 (Crouch) Swansea 0

It's raining goals now…

GOAL! Fulham 1 (Petric) Man City 0

Petric sends Hart the wrong way. City's poor start to the season continues…

3.09pm: Fulham have a penalty…

GOAL! Everton 0 Southampton 1 (Ramirez)

What a start for Southampton up at Goodison Park as Uruguayan playmaker Ramirez finds himself unmarked from a corner and slots home.

3.04pm: Carrow Road has become a happy hunting ground for Suarez… he scored a blinding lob from the halfway line there last season.

GOAL! Norwich 0 Liverpool 1 (Suarez)

What a start for Liverpool… just 68 seconds in.

3.00pm: We're off…

2.58pm: Now long until kick-off then, my predictions for today are Fulham and City to draw and Southampton, Liverpool, Reading, Stoke and Sunderland to win. Although I hope that doesn't happen as I haven't put a bet on…

Fine start: Suarez scored within two minutes at Carrow Road

Fine start: Suarez scored within two minutes at Carrow Road

2.46pm: And last but by no means least…

Reading v Newcastle

Reading: McCarthy; Cummings, Mariappa, Gorkss, Shorey; Kebe, Karacan, Leigertwood, McAnuff; Hunt, Pogrebnyak.
Subs: Taylor, Pearce, Guthrie, McCleary, Robson-Kanu, Le Fondre, Roberts.

Newcastle: Harper; Perch, Williamson, S Taylor, Santon; Ben Arfa, Tiote, Bigirimana, Gutierrez; Ba, Cisse.
Subs: Elliot, Tavernier, Ferguson, Anita, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi.

2.43pm: Here are the teams from the Britannia Stadium…

Stoke v Swansea

Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson, Walters, Whelan, Nzonzi, Adam, Kightly, Crouch. Subs: Sorensen, Jones, Owen, Edu, Whitehead, Upson, Etherington.

Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies, Dyer, Britton, Ki, Michu, Hernandez, Graham. Subs: Tremmel, Routledge, Monk, Shechter, Moore, de Guzman, Tiendalli.

2.30pm: The team news is filtering through, here's what we have so far…

Fulham v Man City

Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise, Baird, Sidwell, Duff, Ruiz, Petric, Rodallega. Subs: Stockdale, Kelly, Kasami, Karagounis, Briggs, Kacaniklic, Smith.

Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy, Javi Garcia, Barry, Silva, Toure, Aguero, Tevez. Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Milner, Nasri, Kolarov, Dzeko, Balotelli.

Unbeaten: Chelsea extended their lead at the top of the table with a 2-1 win at Arsenal

Unbeaten: Chelsea extended their lead at the top of the table with a 2-1 win at Arsenal

Norwich v Liverpool

Norwich: Ruddy, Russell Martin, Turner, Barnett, Garrido, Snodgrass, Howson, Johnson, Surman, Morison, Jackson. Subs: Bunn, Holt, Hoolahan, Tierney, Ryan Bennett, Tettey, Elliott Bennett.

Liverpool: Reina, Wisdom, Agger, Skrtel, Johnson, Sterling, Sahin, Allen, Fernandez Saez, Gerrard, Suarez. Subs: Jones, Assaidi, Henderson, Coates, Downing, Carragher, Borini.

Sunderland v Wigan

Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, O'Shea, Bramble, Rose, Johnson, Larsson, Colback, McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher. Subs: Westwood, Campbell, Wickham, Kilgallon, Vaughan, Meyler, Saha.

Wigan: Al Habsi, Ramis, Caldwell, Figueroa, Boyce, McCarthy, McArthur, Beausejour, Kone, Gomez, Maloney. Subs: Pollitt, Jones, Watson, Di Santo, McManaman, Boselli, Miyaichi.

Everton v Southampton

Everton: Howard, Coleman, Heitinga, Jagielka, Baines, Mirallas, Neville, Osman, Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic. Subs: Mucha, Oviedo, Distin, Gueye, Vellios, Anichebe, Duffy.

Southampton: Gazzaniga, Richardson, Fonte, Yoshida, Clyne, Ramirez, Steven Davis, Ward-Prowse, Lallana, Lambert, Rodriguez. Subs: Kelvin Davis, Hooiveld, Do Prado, Mayuka, Chaplow, Reeves,
Puncheon.

2.15pm: Afternoon everyone and welcome to Sportsmail's coverage of this afternoon's Barclays Premier League clashes around the country.

And while we await kick-off in the six 3pm starts, I can tell you there's still action going on at the Emirates where Chelsea lead Arsenal 2-1 with 10 minutes remaining. You can follow Rik Sharma's coverage right here.

Key figures: Yaya Toure, Luis Suarez and Papiss Cisse

Key figures: Yaya Toure, Luis Suarez and Papiss Cisse

Bolton reject Swansea"s 3.5million bid for Mark Davies

Bolton reject Swansea's opening salvo for Davies as Laudrup seeks Allen's replacement

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22:51 GMT, 7 August 2012

Swansea have had an initial 3.5million offer for Bolton's Mark Davies rejected.

Swansea want Davies to replace Joe Allen, who is joining Liverpool.

Davies played in Bolton's 3-1 win over Tranmere with on-loan striker Benik Afobe scoring a hat-trick.

Combative: Mark Davies (left)

Combative: Mark Davies (left)

London 2012 Olympics: Aaron Cook overlooked for GB Taekwondo squad again

Cook farce rolls on as GB Taekwondo refuse to select star for third time

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16:10 GMT, 6 June 2012

World number one Aaron Cook has been overlooked for a third time for this summer's Olympics after a reconvened selection panel failed to change their original decision not to pick him.

On May 31 the British Olympic Association refused to ratify the nomination of Lutalo Muhammad, who would have to drop down a weight division, ahead of Cook in the under-80kgs category.

The BOA requested another selection panel meeting, with an independent observer present, be scheduled but, having held that on Wednesday, GB Taekwondo remain committed to their original choice.

Unwanted hat-trick: GB Taekwondo refuse to select Aaron Cook

Unwanted hat-trick: GB Taekwondo refuse to select Aaron Cook

A BOA official confirmed the name of Muhammad, ranked 59th in the world, was the one put forward and that means Cook – winner of a second successive European title last month – has missed out for a third time.

Muhammad's place has still to be ratified by the BOA and that will not happen until there has been a review of the process and procedures of the selection panel, which is expected to undertaken in the next 24 hours.

'GB Taekwondo can confirm that following a reconvened selection panel meeting this morning, a nomination has been made to the British Olympic Association (BOA) for the outstanding male -80kg position,' said a GB Taekwondo statement.

'We now await the decision of the BOA as to the formal ratification of that nomination.'

More to follow.