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3 Players Who Have Scored Back-to-back Hat-tricks In The Champions League

It takes something special to score a hat-trick in the Champions League. But to do so in back-to-back games? That’s something else entirely.

In fact, it’s a feat that’s only ever been achieved by four players – three of whom are undisputed legends of European football.

Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski surprisingly isn’t one of them, but if you were to make educated guesses on the other names, you’d probably be right.

Here are the 3 players to have scored three or more goals in successive Champions League games.

1. Karim Benzema ( At Real Madrid)

Karim Mostafa Benzema is a French professional footballer who plays as a striker for La Liga club Real Madrid and the France National Team.

A creative and prolific forward known for his playmaking and finishing, he is regarded as one of the best forwards of his generation.

On 9 March, he scored a hat-trick within 17 minutes in a remarkable comeback against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League round of 16.

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At the age of 34, Benzema became the oldest player to score a hat-trick in the Champions League.

With the three goals, Benzema brought his tally to 309, overtaking Alfredo Di Stéfano as Real Madrid’s third-highest all-time goalscorer.

On 14 March, Benzema scored a brace in a La Liga match against Mallorca and broke Henry’s record, becoming all-time top French goalscorer with 413 goals.

On 6 April, he scored another hat-trick in the Champions League in a 3–1 away win over Chelsea in the first leg of quarter-finals.

2. Lionel Messi (At Barcelona)

Lionel Andrés Messi, also known as Leo Messi, is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and captains the Argentina national team.

Messi scored his first hat-trick of the season in the opening game of the 2016/2017 UEFA Champions League campaign against Celtic in a 7–0 victory; this was also Messi’s sixth hat-trick in the Champions League, the most by any player.

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A week later, Messi sustained a groin injury in a 1–1 draw against Atlético Madrid and was ruled out with injury for three weeks.

He marked his return with a goal, scoring three minutes after coming off the bench in a 4–0 home win over Deportivo de La Coruña, on 16 October.

Three days after this, he netted his thirty-seventh club hat-trick as Barcelona defeated Manchester City 4–0.

On 1 November, Messi scored his 54th Champions League group stage goal in Barcelona’s 3–1 away loss to Manchester City, surpassing the previous record of 53 goals held by Raúl.

Messi has scored the most number of hat-tricks with the total number of 8 in the history of the Champions League, a record he shares with his rival Cristiano Ronaldo.

3.Cristiano Ronaldo (At Real Madrid)

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro GOIH ComM is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Manchester United and captains the Portugal national team.

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Often considered the best player in the world and widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, Ronaldo has won five Ballon D’Or awards and four European Golden Shoes, the most by a European player.

In the 2016/2017 UEFA Champions League quarter-final against Bayern in April, Ronaldo scored both goals in a 2–1 away win which saw him make history by becoming the first player to reach 100 goals in UEFA club competition.

In the second leg of the quarter-finals, Ronaldo scored a ‘perfect’ hat-trick and reached his 100th Champions League goal, becoming the first player to do so as Madrid again defeated Bayern 4–2 after extra-time.

On 2 May, Ronaldo scored another hat-trick as Madrid defeated Atlético 3–0 in the Champions League semi-final first leg.

On 17 May. He has 8 hat-tricks in the UEFA champions league.

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