WATCH: Goncalo Ramos completes Portugal hat-trick with impudent dink

Portugal’s Goncalo Ramos has announced himself to the world with a hat-trick in his first ever international start.

The 21-year-old had played just 33 minutes of football for Portugal across three previous matches. He was selected by Fernando Santos ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, in a move that caused ripples across the footballing world.

However his decision was justified after just 16 minutes, when Ramos powered home the opener. Following a Pepe header, Ramos got his second with a striker’s finish at the near post.

With just 67 minutes gone – his 100th minute of international football – Ramos completed his hat-trick in sensational fashion.

It takes his overall record to four international goals in just four international games. Having been taken off in the 73rd minutes, it puts him at a goalscoring rate of 27 minutes per goal.

Ramos’ efforts are also the first hat-trick at the 2022 World Cup. He should have a chance to build on that record in the quarter-final against Morocco – the question will be whether Ronaldo returns to the side with him.

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