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Watch: Ronaldo claims all-time goalscoring record as Man Utd down Tottenham

21:38 GMT+3 12/03/2022
Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United 2021-22
The striker proved his side's match-winner with a towering display at Old Trafford

Manchester United ace Cristiano Ronaldo returned to form in scintillating fashion on Saturday as he netted all three of his side's goals to take down Tottenham.

The Portugal captain opened the scoring with a fine effort from range, and added another in the first half after Harry Kane equalised from the penalty spot. Then, just when Spurs thought they might return from Old Trafford with a point, Ronaldo's trademark towering header brought up his hat-trick to seal a 3-2 win for the hosts.

Ronaldo's goals moved him to 807 all-time - two more than estimated record-holder Josef Bican, who is said to have netted 805 goals (exact figures for prior eras are subject of debate).

Watch Ronaldo's stunning hat-trick (UK and US only)

Still golden

Saturday's hat-trick was Ronaldo's first since returning to United at the start of the 2021-22 season, and the 49th overall in his glittering career.

It was also Ronaldo's first Premier League hat-trick in 14 years and 59 days, the longest gap between trebles in the competition’s history.

And at 37 years and 35 days of age, he also became the second-oldest player in Premier League history to hit three times in a single match, behind ex-Tottenham and United favourite Teddy Sheringham.

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