Ronaldo admits pride after hat-trick

Cristiano Ronaldo has conceded his pride at beating Eusebio’s goalscoring record for Portugal.

The Real Madrid man bagged a hat-trick in the Seleccao’s 4-2 win over Northern Ireland last night.

And having made it to 43 goals, the Blancos striker was beaming after the match.

"It was the first time I scored three goals for the national team and for me is something historic," Ronaldo told reporters

"At club-level I have done it, but internationally it has never happened before. I am happy, it was special. 

"I came closer to the [Pauleta's] record [of 47], but that was not my goal. I am proud to have tied and then exceeded Eusebio, one of the greatest players to ever play for Portugal. It is with great pride that I take this record."

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