Cristiano Ronaldo

2018 FIFA World Cup: Day 2

A header apiece secured victory for Uruguay and IR Iran, while who else but Cristiano Ronaldo stole the show in the goalfest between Spain and Portugal, earning his country a point.

By bagging his first World Cup hat-trick, Ronaldo became just the third Portuguese player to achieve the feat at the competition after Eusebio (1966) and Pauleta (2002).

Cristiano Ronaldo stands by comments questioning his Real Madrid future

The Portuguese forward had just helped Real to a record-breaking third successive Champions League triumph when he told BeIN Sports Spain he would reveal his plans for the future "in the next few days".

Ronaldo also spoke about his time at the Bernabeu in the past tense, saying: "It was beautiful to be at Real Madrid."

Now the dust has settled, Ronaldo admits the timing of his comments could have been better, but insists he does not regret what he said.

Ronaldo bloodied by Madrid brace

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner was a picture of frustration, passing up simple chances as Gareth Bale turned the match emphatically in Madrid's favour on the back of Adrian Lopez's 23rd-minute opener for Depor.

Ronaldo made it 5-1 by converting Casemiro's cross from close range and a brave header from Lucas Vazquez's centre gave him a sixth LaLiga goal of the campaign.

It came at a price, as Fabian Schar's boot left the 32-year-old with a nasty cut above his left eye.

Ronaldo deserves respect - Zidane

Ronaldo has scored two goals in 10 league games and came in for criticism in the Spanish media for his display in Real's goalless draw against Athletic Bilbao last weekend which left the Liga champions eight points behind leaders Barcelona.

The 32-year-old is still expected to pick up the Ballon d'Or award on Friday (NZ time) for firing Real to Champions League glory last season, scoring hat-tricks against Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid in the quarter and semifinals and a double in the 4-1 win over Juventus in the final.

Zidane praises 'amazing' Ronaldo

Ronaldo beat Barcelona star Lionel Messi to the prize for the second straight year, having helped Madrid win LaLiga and the Champions League in 2017.

Zidane, who was named the Best FIFA Men's Coach, hailed the 32-year-old for his achievements.

"What can I say about him? He is the best and he's amazing at what he does," the Frenchman said.

"He is always looking to win titles, working very hard as he said. So we're very happy for him."

Ronaldo ban excessive – Carvajal

Ronaldo scored Madrid's stunning second goal in Sunday's 3-1 win at Camp Nou, with the return leg coming up at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday.

But Zinedine Zidane's side will be without their talisman after he was booked for removing his shirt in his goal celebration, before earning a second caution for simulation.

The four-time Ballon d'Or winner's hefty punishment comes as a result of him pushing Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea after the referee brandished his red card.

Zidane frustrated by Ronaldo's 'harsh' red card against Barca

Ronaldo produced a memorable cameo as Madrid defeated arch-rivals Barca 3-1 in the first leg of the Supercopa on Sunday.

The four-time Ballon d'Or winner came off the bench and scored Madrid's second goal with 10 minutes remaining at Camp Nou before being booked for taking off his shirt in celebration.

Ronaldo was then shown a second yellow card for diving after going to ground under pressure from Samuel Umtiti two minutes later, much to the frustration of Madrid head coach Zidane.

Ronaldo 'relaxed' and ready to face old club United

Ronaldo has been the subject of transfer speculation, while he appeared in front of a Spanish court to deny allegations he avoided paying tax on image rights payments.

With Madrid set to face Ronaldo's old club Manchester United in the Super Cup in Skopje on Tuesday, Zidane believes the Portugal international is fully fit and focused on his football.

"There is a lot of noise and a lot of things happening, but he is relaxed," Zidane told reporters. "What impresses me the most is that physically he is as fit as the day of the final.

Ronaldo would cause rifts at Bayern

Ronaldo was loosely linked with the Bundesliga champions after reports emerged of his apparent unhappiness in Madrid due to Spanish tax authorities launching an investigation into claims of impropriety - allegations the player denies.

But, while conceding recruiting someone of Ronaldo's ability would be a dream from a playing perspective, Hitzfeld, who guided Bayern to five Bundesliga titles across two spells in charge, also outlined the problems it could cause to team unity.

Germany's Can not scared of Ronaldo

Joachim Low's world champions meet Mexico in Thursday's semi-final in Sochi, with Ronaldo and Euro 2016 winners Portugal taking on Chile a day earlier in Kazan.

The Real Madrid superstar has scored twice in three games in Russia, while being voted man of the match by supporters in each of Portugal's group matches.