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# Hat-trick Hero
Ronaldo sets a new record with 23rd hat-trick in La Liga, but his dive had Twitter fuming last night
That picture isn’t of the dive by the way.

CRISTIANO RONALDO NETTER Cristiano Ronaldo netted a record 23rd hat-trick in La Liga and his 200th goal in the Spanish top flight as Real Madrid equalled a Spanish record of 18 consecutive wins in all competitions with a 3-0 win over Celta Vigo last night

Ronaldo passes Telmo Zarra, whose record as La Liga’s all-time top goalscorer was recently usurped by Lionel Messi, and Madrid legend Alfredo di Stefano who both scored 22 hat-tricks to reach his double century of La Liga goals in just 179 games.

Carlo Ancelotti’s men have now matched the winning run record set by Frank Rijkaard’s Barcelona side in the 2005/06 season, and have the chance to go one better at home to Ludogorets in the Champions League on Tuesday.

And yet, all anybody can talk about since is the dive Ronaldo took to win the opening penalty.

https://vine.co/v/Or7XAd22XII

There were some angry tweets, oddly Olympic in nature

There were some preachy tweets urging shame upon those who dare to admire CR7

Inevitable Messi comparisons followed, and obviously the Argentine has never ever dived (not once)

Google Translate was on the fritz

Stats!

In fact, it wasn’t just Twitter, everyone seemed to be embarrassed except the man who reached 200 goals and 23 hat-tricks in a league he joined five and a half years ago.

So here’s his hat-trick (click this link if you can’t view the video below).

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