Prior to the 6-0 win over Espanyol, the 30-year-old had scored 16 goals in 21 La Liga appearances this term – a commendable tally but still some way short of his usual exploits in front of the target.
But Ronaldo struck three times to draw level with Luis Suarez at the top of the division’s goalscoring charts and create yet more history in front of goal.
In the two games meetings with Espanyol this season, the Portugal captain has scored eight goals, the first time any player has achieved that feat against the same opponent in a La Liga campaign this century.
One of his strikes came from the penalty spot – meaning he has converted from 12 yards seven times this term – more than any other player across Europe’s five biggest leagues in 2015-16.
He’s also won 14 penalties in the league, at least five more than any other player since 09-10.