On this day in 1997: Ronaldo’s first hat-trick for Inter
On this day in 1997, Ronaldo scored his first Serie A hat-trick when Inter defeated Lecce 5-0.
In the summer of 1997, Italy was in the midst of ‘Ronaldomania’. The 20-year-old force of nature had just signed for Inter for a world record fee from Barcelona.
Ronaldo scored his first goal in his second game, against Roby Baggio’s Bologna in a classic encounter. By the time Leece arrived at San Siro in February 1998 Ronaldo had promptly torn the league to shreds.
Striking fear into the hearts of every defender in Serie A with his dazzling array of tricks, feints and truly frightening pace, he’d netted 11 league goals and shot Inter to the top of the table. This was the Brazilian at his absolute best.