Can You Name The Only Three Teenagers To Have Scored Hat-Tricks In The Champions League?
Scoring a hat-trick in Europe’s premier club competition is no mean feat, especially so as an adolescent teenager between the ages of 13 and 19. The list of players to have accomplished the goalscoring achievement reads like a who’s who of the world’s greatest talent since the tournament’s adoption in 1992.
In fact, only 18 players have multiple Champions League hat-tricks to their name, with both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo having accomplished the task a staggering seven times. Nobody else has recorded more than three.
Three is also the magic number with regards to the amount of teenagers who’ve scored hat-tricks in the Champions League. This season, we’ve seen the likes of PSG’s Kylian Mbappe, Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold and Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford score in the competition before their 20th birthday, but not even Mbappe or Rashford, two of the most talked about young talents for quite some time, has managed to join this illustrious group.
Here are the only three teenagers (from oldest to youngest) to have ever scored three goals in a single UEFA Champions League match.
Youngest Hat Trick Champions League Goal Scorers
#3. Yakubu (Age: 19 years and 306 days)
Maccabi Haifa vs. Olympiakos in 2002
Goals at 1:02 (horrendous penalty call and spot kick), 3:16 and 4:42.
#2. Wayne Rooney (Age: 18 years and 339 days)
Manchester United vs. Fenerbahce in 2004
#1. Raul (Age: 18 years and 114 days)
Real Madrid vs. Ferencvaros in 1995
First and second goals.