The Real Madrid star delivered the ultimate captain's performance to confirm Portugal's place at next summer's World Cup finals in BrazilCristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick fired Portugal to next summer's World Cup finals in a stunning display against Sweden.
Ahead of the second leg, heach coach Paulo Bento insisted that there's more to Portugal than Cristiano Ronaldo - only for the Real Madrid man to enforce quite the opposite.
The 28-year-old had scored the only goal of the first leg in Lisbon on Friday night, and proved the inspiration for his side on Tuesday evening with an emphatic display.
A quick-fire double from Zlatan Ibrahimovic looked to be turning the tide on Ronaldo's side, who had given Portugal the lead in the 50th minute. But, it would be the Blancos star who would have the final say.
Ronaldo levelled the score on the night and then completed his hat-trick to take his tally to 13 goals in his last six games and become his country's joint-leading scorer in the 4-2 aggregate win.