Cristiano Ronaldo very worried as Messi closes gap on him in fresh battle
The competition between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo never stops and the Portuguese has been alerted Messi is closing in on him.
Over the last decade, these two player have made many believe they are not of this world.
Performances have been incredible and what is even more fascinating is how they have successfully maintained such high standards season after season.
Argentina’s last game against Ecuador in Quito saw Lionel Messi grab a hat-trick. And this means Messi has now scored 44 career hat-trick.
The 30-year-old poked home his first after 11 minutes before firing his country in front against Ecuador just seven minutes later. He sealed victory with a stunning solo finish in the second half.
— Luis Güerri (@luisguerri) October 11, 2017
The race to 50 career hat-tricks is on as Messi moves closer to Ronaldo who currently has 48 hat-tricks.
Messi got his very first hat-trick in style 10 years ago and they was no better way to do it than grab it in a 3-3 draw against arch rivals, Real Madrid (2007).
Ronaldo was a late arrival to the ‘hat-trick club’ as he got his first one year later in 2008. He was still at Manchester United and scored three when they hammered Newcastle 6-0 in January 2008.
For their respective countries.
Messi has scored five hat-tricks for Argentina and the other 39 have been with Barcelona. His first came in a 3-1 win over Switzerland in a 2012 friendly.
And Ronaldo waited until 2013 before getting his first hat-trick for Portugal. It came in a 4-2 win over Northern Ireland at Windsor Park in 2013.
Five of Ronaldo’s hat-tricks have come for Portugal, 1 for Manchester United and 42 for Real Madrid.
Who would get there first?