CRISTIANO RONALDO is just a La Liga hat-trick away from overtaking Jimmy Greaves as the leading marksmen in the history of Europe’s top five leagues.
For most, three goals in a game would be an unlikely achievement.
But the Real Madrid superstar has scored 40 trebles for the club — including wins over heavyweights, Atletico and Bayern Munich this season alone.
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Ronaldo is on 280 goals for Los Blancos and netted 84 for Manchester United.
It means, in total, he has 364 in the Premier League and La Liga combined.
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And that puts him three off beating Greaves’ incredible total of 366.
With all the records being broken by Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, it puts into perspective just how good the England striker was.
Greaves started his career at Chelsea in 1957 and scored 124 league goals in four seasons before moving to Serie A to play for AC Milan.
He ‘struggled’ in Italy, and played just 12 games before returning to England with champions, Tottenham — but still hit nine goals for the Rossoneri.
It was at White Hart Lane where he enjoyed the best time of his career.
Greaves remains the club’s record goal scorer with a whopping 266 — 220 of which were in the league.
In 1970, he moved to West Ham, where he added another 13 goals in two seasons.
It’s worth noting that, before surpassing Greaves, Ronaldo must first overtake Gerd Muller, who scored 365 in the Bundesliga — all for Bayern.
The highest goal scorer in Serie A is Silvio Piola, who scored 274 from 1929 to 1954.
And ex-Monaco, Reims, Tour and Toulon striker, Delio Onnis, is the leading Ligue 1 marksman in history, as hit 299 from 1971 to 1986.
Incidentally, Messi needs a further 22 league goals to overtake Greaves’ current record.