Four-goal Ronaldo 'best in the world'

Sports | REUTERS 12 Sep 2019

Cristiano Ronaldo took his international tally to 93 goals when he scored four times to give holders Portugal a 5-1 win over hosts Lithuania in their Euro 2020 qualifier.

Playing in his 161st international, the 34-year-old notched his eighth hat-trick for his country and the 54th of his career.

Unheralded midfielder William Carvalho completed the rout in stoppage time as Portugal stayed second in Group B with eight points, five behind leaders Ukraine with one game in hand.

Ronaldo converted an early penalty and then added three second-half goals. He also scored in the recent 4-2 win over Serbia.

"Ronaldo is the best player in the world, this is clear and unmistakable proof," Portugal coach Fernando Santos said.

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