Cristiano Ronaldo Scores 4 Goals in Portugal's Rout of Lithuania

Cristiano Ronaldo Scores 4 Goals in Portugal's Rout of Lithuania

Having scored four goals in Portugal's 5-1 victory over Lithuania, Cristiano Ronaldo was asked about his chances of winning the Ballon d'Or.

Equally, the 34-year-old also celebrated his eighth Portugal hat-trick with his display in the Euro 2020 Group B qualifying clash in Vilnius, a performance his total global goal haul to 93 goals.

Ronaldo would want to take this form into the Serie A where Juventus face Fiorentina on Saturday, 14th September.

He scored an early penalty, before Vytautas Andriuskevicius equalised.

The hosts were level for over half an hour, but then gifted Ronaldo his second and Portugal the lead. The one in the 61st minute, which snapped a 1-1 draw, was a gift from Lithuania goalkeeper Ernestas Setkus, who went to ground to stop a relatively routine long-range shot from Ronaldo, only to have it bounce of him and into the goal.

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Three minutes later, Ronaldo was left free in the area to sweep home Bernardo Silva's cross and Silva also provided the pass for Ronaldo to sidefoot his fourth 11 minutes later.

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.

"It suits me to continue helping the national team", Ronaldo said.

"This is the clear and irrevocable proof that he is the best player in the world", Santos told the media, as per Football Italia.

In the group's other game, Aleksandar Mitrovic notched twice for Serbia, as they beat Luxembourg 3-0.