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 19 players have multiple Champions League hat-tricks to their name, with both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo having accomplished the task a staggering eight times. Nobody else has recorded more than three.
So it should come as no surprise that only five teenagers have ever recorded hat-tricks in the UCL. Last season, the likes of PSG’s Kylian Mbappe, Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold and Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford scored in the competition before their 20th birthday, but not even Mbappe or Rashford — two of the most talked about talents for quite some time — managed to join this illustrious group.
However, the 2019-20 competition has already given us our fourth and fifth teenagers to score hat-tricks in the UCL.
Here are the only five 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
#5. 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.
#4. Erling Braut Håland (Age: 19 years and 58 days)
Red Bull Salzburg vs. Genk in 2019
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#3. Wayne Rooney (Age: 18 years and 339 days)
Manchester United vs. Fenerbahce in 2004
#2. Rodrygo (Age: 18 years and 301 days)
Real Madrid vs. Galatasaray
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#1. Raul (Age: 18 years and 114 days)
Real Madrid vs. Ferencvaros in 1995
Full match highlights.
Third goal, which is pretty special.