NOT only did Cristiano Ronaldo become the first-ever player to reach a century of Champions League goals on Tuesday night, he also smashed five past Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals, a feat never before achieved.
Sealing a dynamic double in the second-half of the opener at Allianz Arena, the winger popped up again at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu to record his first perfect hat-trick in the competition.
Right foot, left foot, header. Ronaldo may have been offside for at least one of those but the history books will only remember the decisive intervention made by the 32-year-old to single handedly knock out one of the continent’s top teams.
Plenty of players have notched four times across a quarter-final tie before, including Lionel Messi versus Arsenal in 2009/10, Filippo Inzaghi for Juventus in 1997/98, and even Alfredo Di Stefano.
The Real icon did so twice, against Sevilla in 1957/58 and Vienna a year later.
Such a feat comes amid a generally below-par campaign for Ronaldo in Europe, with just two goals going into the tie for the campaign, but his 46th career hat-trick and 100th Champions League strike sets the Portuguese star up for an impeccable run-in as Madrid target a successful defence of their crown.