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Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo Hits a 20-Minute Hat-Trick Against Espanyol

Sean Swaby@seanswabyUK Staff WriterSeptember 12, 2015

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It was only a matter of time for Cristiano Ronaldo

After failing to find the back of the net in Real Madrid's first two La Liga matches (a relative "crisis" for a man of Ronaldo's goalscoring exploits), the Portuguese superstar opened his account for the season in just the seventh minute of Madrid's match at Espanyol. 

Ronaldo latched on to the end of a long ball and calmly slotted home to the far post. 

Ronaldo got his brace on 16 minutes, converting from the penalty spot after Gareth Bale drew a penalty. 

Just minutes later, Ronaldo got his hat-trick in just 20 minutes, turning in a cross from Bale. 

The feat sees him join some impressive ranks in goalscoring history. 

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With a hat trick in 20 minutes today, Cristiano Ronaldo has tied Raúl atop Real Madrid's career La Liga scoring list with 228 goals.

For good measure, Ronaldo hit his fourth goal in the second half. 

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Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored 28 La Liga hat-tricks, 4 more than any other player in the competition's history. Record-breaker.

The goal moved him past Raul as Real Madrid's all-time scoring leader. 

Ronaldo hit his fifth goal later.

SPORTbible @sportbible

Cristiano Ronaldo is officially the highest goalscorer in Real Madrid history with 229 goals! http://t.co/SRqIVgfT5c

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