sport news Can Cristiano Ronaldo win his first Golden Boot in five years?

Cristiano Ronaldo began the new year and his third decade in professional football with a bang on Monday.

He netted his first hat-trick since swapping for Juventus 18 months ago as the Serie A joint-leaders swept Cagliari aside.

Sporting a new-look hairstyle, it was more of the same for the 34-year-old as he scored an astonishing 56th career treble.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after completing his hat-trick for Juventus on Monday

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after completing his hat-trick for Juventus on Monday

Ronaldo gears up for his trademark celebration during Juve's victory over Cagliari

Ronaldo gears up for his trademark celebration during Juve's victory over Cagliari

Ronaldo clenches his fist on his way to his first hat-trick in Juventus colours

Ronaldo clenches his fist on his way to his first hat-trick in Juventus colours

Significantly the milestone keeps him on track to achieve something that has eluded him for the last five years.

Despite scoring 120 times in the last five seasons, Ronaldo hasn't won a single Golden Boot in that time.

His last Golden Boot came after an extraordinary 2014-15 season, where he scored 48 league goals in 35 appearances for .

Since then he has been pipped to the post, in Spain by a combination of Barcelona pair Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.

Despite scoring 35 times in 2015-16, Suarez's incredible haul of 40 in just 35 games proved decisive. 

And last season it was Italian veteran Fabio Quagliarella, who plundered 26 goals for Sampdoria - five more than Ronaldo managed in the black and white of Juventus.

It was a fairly under-par return for Ronaldo - his lowest goalscoring season since his final year at 10 years previously.

Ronaldo is aiming to claim his first Golden Boot since he was at Real Madrid in 2014-15

Ronaldo is aiming to claim his first Golden Boot since he was at in 2014-15

This season he is now operating on a near goal-per-game ratio, undoubtedly aided by Monday afternoon's hat-trick.

With 13 goals in 15 games now it puts him back in the conversation to finish as the top scorer in this season.

But it will be a tall order for Ronaldo to close the gap to both Romelu Lukaku and the irrepressible Ciro Immobile. 

RONALDO SINCE 2015 

2014-15: 35 apps, 48 goals

2015-16: 36 apps, 35 goals

2016-17: 29 apps, 25 goals

2017-18: 27 apps, 26 goals

2018-19: 31 apps, 21 goals

2019-20: 15 apps, 13 goals

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