Thursday, December 7, 2023

Salah, Ronaldo, Lewandowski & The 8 Fastest Hat-tricks In Champions League History

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah made Champions League history when stepping off the bench in a group stage clash with Rangers in October 2022 and helping himself to a hat-trick in the space of just seven second-half minutes.

The Egyptian superstar’s efforts at Ibrox saw him move immediately to the top of a notable European goal chart, with some illustrious names – such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski – being nudged down that list.

Portuguese superstar Ronaldo has eight Champions League trebles to his name, alongside eternal rival Lionel Messi, while prolific Polish frontman Lewandowski has hit six and Karim Benzema five.

Salah now has his first in continental competition, but who did he overtake when recording the fastest hat-trick Europe’s premier club competition has ever seen? GOAL takes a look…

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    Mohamed Salah | Rangers vs Liverpool | October 12, 2022 | 7 minutes

    Salah was named on the bench for Liverpool’s trip to Rangers, with Jurgen Klopp opting to rest and rotate, but he was still able to make a telling contribution in Glasgow. Having been introduced in the 68th minute, the Egypt international was on the scoresheet by the 75th. By the 81st, in the space of just six minutes and 12 seconds, Salah had helped himself to a record-setting match ball in what turned out to be a convincing 7-1 win for Premier League giants.

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    Bafetimbi Gomis | Dinamo Zagreb vs Lyon | December 7, 2011 | 8 minutes

    Another resounding 7-1 victory that included a rapid hat-trick saw Lyon ease their way past Dinamo Zagreb, with Gomis rewriting the history books at the time. His efforts helped the Ligue 1 heavyweights progress to the last 16 on goal difference, with a sizeable haul required on Croatian soil. France international Gomis actually scored four times on the day, but it was a treble in 8 minutes and 45 seconds that allowed him to dominate the headlines.

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      Mike Newell | Blackburn Rovers vs Rosenborg | December 6, 1995 | 9 minutes

      The reigning Premier League champions did not enjoy the best of times when making their bow on the most prestigious of continental stages, with a group stage exit endured when finishing bottom of section B with only four points to their name. A solitary success came at home to Rosenborg, with Newell making himself the star of that particular show as he registered a hat-trick in nine minutes and 17 seconds – making him a record-breaker at the time.

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      Cristiano Ronaldo | Real Madrid vs Malmo | December 8, 2015 | 11 minutes

      No list of footballing records is complete without an entry from Ronaldo, with one of the greatest goalscorers the world has ever seen making it his personal mission to dominate as many charts as possible. The quickest of his eight Champions League hat-tricks was recorded against Malmo at Santiago Bernabeu – a game he actually scored four goals in as Real crushed their Swedish opponents 8-0. Ronaldo’s treble came in the space of 11 minutes either side of half-time – between the 39th and 50th – while his stunning personal performance also saw him become the first man to reach double figures in a group stage campaign.

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        Robert Lewandowski | Bayern Munich vs Red Bull Salzburg | March 8, 2022 | 11 minutes

        Only Ronaldo and Messi have scored more Champions League goals than Lewandowski, with a century of efforts in elite continental competition very much a target that he has in sight. His final season with Bayern in 2021-22 saw another personal best recorded by the Polish frontman, with hat-trick heroics that were completed by the 23rd minute delivered in a 7-1 victory over Red Bull Salzburg that saw the Bundesliga title holders surge into the quarter-finals.

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        Raheem Sterling | Manchester City vs Atalanta | October 22, 2019 | 11 minutes

        Sterling posted a personal best goal return of 31 in the 2019-20 campaign, with the England international at the peak of his powers for City that season. Pep Guardiola helped to transform his game at the Etihad Stadium, with that progress highlighted when netting a hat-trick against Atalanta. City won 5-1 on the day, with Sterling’s treble coming in 11 second-half minutes after Sergio Aguero had bagged a first-half brace.

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          Robert Lewandowski | Red Star Belgrade vs Bayern Munich | November 26, 2019 | 12 minutes

          A second entry on this list for Lewandowski, who made a habit of terrorising opponents at home and abroad during a historic eight-year stint at the Allianz Arena. He only claimed one Champions League crown during a memorable spell in Bavaria, with that solitary success coming in 2019-20. Lewandowski hit 15 goals in Europe that season, with four of those – including an 11-minute and seven seconds treble – posted in a group stage outing against Red Star.

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          Luiz Adriano | BATE Borisov vs Shakhtar Donetsk | October 21, 2014 | 12 minutes

          Arguably the most impressive individual showing when it comes to fastest Champions League hat-tricks came from Adriano during the group stage in 2014. The Brazilian forward was a reliable source of goals for Shakhtar throughout his time in Ukraine, and proved as much when blowing away BATE. He opened his account for the day from the penalty spot in the 28th minute, earned himself a match-ball in the 40th and went on to grab a further two efforts in a five-goal showing that illuminated a 7-0 win in Belarus.

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