2. Most goals from one player in a knockout game
Can you see anybody scoring a double hat-trick in a Champions League knockout tie? Yeh, neither can we.
Messi is the only player to notch up five goals in 90 minutes after the group stages and for our money, nobody will ever replicate his display that tore apart Leverkusen during his 91-goal year.
3. Most consecutive clean sheets
(10 games – Jens Lehmann – October 2005 to April 2006)
This record is truly bonkers.
After conceding away to Ajax in the second game of Arsenal’s 2005-06 campaign, Lehmann then went the remaining four group games and the ENTIRETY of the knockout stages without conceding a single goal.
Being sent off after 18 minutes in the final means that, technically, Lehmann’s record is extended to a surely unassailable double figures totalling more than 800 minutes and 13.5 hours. Madness.
UEFA Champions League Semi Final – Villarreal v Arsenal
4. Most goals by a goalkeeper
(3 – Hans-Jörg Butt)
It’s mind-boggling to think that a goalkeeper has scored three times in the Champions League and cult hero Butt holds the strange distinction of bagging all three goals against Juventus.
That’s right, Butt humiliated the Old Lady on a hat-trick of occasions for Hamburg, Leverkusen and Bayern Munich respectively with all three strikes coming from the penalty spot.
We can’t see a ‘keeper racing to four goals in the Champions League any time soon, that’s for sure.
Bayern Munich’s goalkeeper Hans-Joerg Bu
5. Most goals in a match
(12 – Borussia Dortmund 8-4 Legia Warsaw, 2016/17)
There were some mental games during the European Cup era, but TWELVE goals in a Champions League match? Beggar belief.
We’re struggling to envisage some sort of 9-4, 8-5 or 10-3 game in Europe’s top tier that could possibly overtake the madness that unfolded at Signal Iduna Park as recently as four years ago.