Thomas Muller applauded Cristiano Ronaldo for his hat-trick in Manchester United’s 3-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur.
The week Ronaldo had before Spurs’ visit to Old Trafford was full of events that meant his place in the starting XI was in doubt until the lineups were released.
Ruled out of the Manchester derby due to a hip flexor problem, Ronaldo flew off to Portugal without the knowledge of manager Ralf Rangnick and also missed training earlier in the week due to his injury.
Nevertheless, Rangnick decided to start the 37-year-old against Spurs, and his decision paid off as Ronaldo made all the difference with his three goals in an important clash for a place in the top four. This was his 59th career hat-trick – the most of any active player.
While NFL legend Tom Brady was in attendance to witness Ronaldo’s historic outing in which he also surpassed Josef Bican’s goal tally of 805, Muller took to social media to praise professional football’s all-time leading goalscorer.
— Thomas Müller (@esmuellert_) March 12, 2022
Incidentally, Ronaldo’s hat-trick came on the back of a week where Muller’s teammate Robert Lewandowski and Ronaldo’s former attacking partner Karim Benzema both also bagged hat-tricks in the Champions League.
Muller himself is having a prolific season with Bayern Munich. And it’s great to see all these stars exceeding expectations week in, week out despite being on the wrong side of 30s.