Only 15 Players Have Scored Four Or More Goals In A Champions League Game
Olivier Giroud's four goals for Chelsea vs Sevilla means he is the 15th man to score four or more goals in a single Champions League game.
Frank Lampard's side sealed top spot in Group E on Wednesday evening and it's thanks to Giroud's remarkable performance.
The Frenchman netted a perfect hat-trick before adding a penalty to seal an emphatic victory.
Squawka have revealed the other players in Champions League history to have netted four goals or more over 90 minutes.
Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski are the only men to do it twice, with Messi and Luiz Adriano the only players to have scored five.
Check out the entire list below.
1. Marco van Basten (AC Milan) vs IFK Goteborg - 1992/93
2. Simone Inzaghi (Lazio) vs Marseille - 1999/00
3. Dado Prso (Monaco) vs Deportivo de La Coruna - 2003/04
4. Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United) vs Sparta Prague - 2004/05
5. Andriy Shevchenko (AC Milan) vs Fenerbahce - 2005/06
6. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) vs Arsenal and Bayer Leverkusen - 2009/10 & 2011/12
:calendar: OTD in 2012, Barcelona hammered Leverkusen 7-1...- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 7, 2020
Lionel Messi became the first player to score FIVE goals in a Champions League match :goat: pic.twitter.com/vM5zXVRyaj
7. Bafetimbi Gomis (Lyon) vs Dinamo Zagreb - 2011/12
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8. Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich) vs FC Basel - 2011/12
9. Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund & Bayern Munich) vs Real Madrid and Red Star Belgrade - 2012/13 & 2019/20
10. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain) vs Anderlecht - 2013/14
11. Luiz Adriano (Shakhtar Donetsk) vs BATE Borisov - 2014/15
12. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) vs Malmo - 2015/16
13. Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich) vs Tottenham Hotspur - 2019/20
14. Josip Ilicic (Atalanta) vs Valencia - 2019/20
15. Olivier Giroud (Chelsea) vs Sevilla - 2020/21
We're still not over Olivier Giroud's display last night! :raised_hands:- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) December 3, 2020
He scored FOUR goals as Chelsea hammered Sevilla in Spain! :blue_heart: pic.twitter.com/SlNpb3hHSj
Giroud isn't The Blues' first-choice striker right now, finding himself behind Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham in the pecking order.
But last night's haul at 34-years-old means he is the oldest player to score three in a single game since Ferenc Puskas.
"It's always nice to be a part of club history," he told Chelsea's official website.
"You play football to write great stories. I'm proud. I had great assists from my team-mates and I just tried to finish the job.
"When I'm on the pitch I'm the happiest man. I just try to be patient, keep the faith and bring something else to the team. It is always special to play in the Champions League and it was an important game to finish first in the group, so I'm pleased to help the team to win.
"Sometimes you feel anything can happen, and that was one of them."
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