Karim Benzema was at his brilliant best once again as Real Madrid took control of their Champions League quarter-final with Chelsea on Wednesday evening.
Benzema scored a hat-trick as the Spanish giants won 3-1 at Stamford Bridge, netting a pair of outstanding headers before being gift-wrapped his third following a mix-up in the Chelsea defence.
The France international’s treble came after his hat-trick against Paris Saint-Germain in the previous round and saw Benzema become just the fourth player to claim consecutive Champions League match balls.
Following another superb showing from the Real Madrid forward, we remember the four players to have scored Champions League hat-tricks in successive fixtures.
Luiz Adriano – 2014/15
Luiz Adriano became the first player to score consecutive trebles in the Champions League, during a prolific group stage campaign with Shakhtar Donetsk in 2014/15.
The Brazilian scored two hat-tricks within the space of just 15 days, with both coming against Belarusian minnows Bate Borisov.
🔥 The first one after Messi 💥
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Adriano’s first hat-trick saw him score five goals in a 7-0 win – becoming the second player after Lionel Messi to score five goals in a Champions League match – with his fifth goal of the evening seeing the forward become Shakhtar’s all-time record goalscorer.
Two weeks later he hit another hat-trick as Shakhtar beat Bate for a second time in the group stage, adding three goals in a 5-0 win for the Ukrainian side.
Lionel Messi – 2016/17
Lionel Messi was next to achieve the feat in a career that has seen goalscoring records tumble, netting successive trebles during the 2016/17 group stage.
Barcelona began their campaign with a 7-0 thrashing of Celtic, scoring three times and creating another as the Catalans inflicted a heaviest ever European defeat on the Scottish champions at the Camp Nou.
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Messi missed the club’s next game against Borussia Monchengladbach, but returned from injury to inspire a 4-0 win over Manchester City as Barcelona ruthlessly punished the 10-man visitors.
The Argentine opened the scoring after a slip from Fernandinho, before Claudio Bravo’s red card for handling outside the penalty area put Barcelona in further in the ascendency.
Messi added two further goals to seal a second successive Champions League hat-trick and ensure a miserable return to Barcelona for Pep Guardiola.
Cristiano Ronaldo – 2016/17
Cristiano Ronaldo has often delivered when the pressure is on in Europe and the goals of the Portuguese forward helped fire Real Madrid to a period of Champions League dominance.
Real Madrid won a third Champions League trophy in just four seasons in 2016/17, with the goals of Ronaldo leading the Spanish side through the knockout rounds.
Ronaldo became the first player to score consecutive hat-tricks in the knockout stages, netting trebles against Bayern Munich (QF) and Atletico Madrid (SF) to help book Real’s place in the final.
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Ronaldo scored three goals – including two in extra-time – as Real beat Bayern in a thrilling and controversial encounter at the Bernabeu, before rising to the occasion in an all-Madrid match-up in the semi-finals.
He ended the campaign as the competition’s leading scorer with 12 goals, including two in the final as Juventus were beaten 4-1 in Cardiff.
Karim Benzema – 2021/22
Karim Benzema joined elite company with his match-winning performance at Chelsea, scoring three times to put Real Madrid in control of their quarter-final clash.
Benzema has reached new levels as the main man at Real Madrid in recent seasons, with the current campaign the most prolific of his career with 37 goals and counting in all competitions.
KARIM BENZEMA STOP THAT! 🎯
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 6, 2022
The 34-year-old scored a stunning hat-trick inside just 17 minutes as Real Madrid came from two goals down to beat Paris Saint-Germain in the last-16, before another treble – including two wonderful headed efforts – secured a quarter-final first leg advantage at Stamford Bridge.
Benzema’s hat-trick saw him become the oldest hat-trick scorer in Champions League history (34 years and 108 days) and moved him to 82 goals in the competition, joining Ronaldo, Messi and Robert Lewandowski as the only players with 80+ goals among Europe’s elite.