What's the fastest Champions League hat-trick? Who's scored the most hat-tricks? First CL hat-trick
What is the fastest Champions League hat-trick? Here's everything you need to know about that and more...
What's the fastest Champions League hat-trick?
Bafetimbi Gomis scored three goals for Lyon against Dinamo Zagreb in just seven minutes in December 7, 2011.
The goals were either side of half-time, however, so you may prefer to credit Blackburn's Mike Newell (9 minutes), who scored three against Rosenborg at Ewood Park in 1995. Newell's was also a rare 'perfect hat trick', namely one with the right foot, one with the left and one with the head.
Lyon's Bafetimbi Gomis (R) celebrates after scoring against Dinamo Zagreb during their Champions League Group D clashReuters
What was the first Champions League hat-trick?
Juul Ellerman of PSV Eindhoven scored the first hat-trick after the inception of the modern Champions League against FK Zalgiris Vilnius.
The 6-0 thrashing on September 16, 1992 put Ellerman's name in the history books.
The next two hat-tricks were produced by more familiar names as Romario destroyed AEK Athens in a 5-0 thumping, again for PSV, and Marco van Basten put Gothenburg to the sword for AC Milan.
Romario at PSVReuters
Who has scored the most Champions League hat-tricks?
Who else but Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi? At the time of writing, both have five hat-tricks to their name in the competition.
After the celebrated pair, Mario Gomez, Filippo Inzaghi and Luiz Adriano have all scored three hat-tricks.
Messi and RonaldoEurosport
What was the most recent hat-trick?
Prior to Ronaldo's masterclass, the previous two hat-tricks were scored by Frenchmen in Karim Benzema for Real Madrid against Malmo and Olivier Giroud for Arsenal against Olympiakos.