Youngest scorer of a hat-trick
(Raul vs Ferencvaros, 1995/96)
Considering only five teenagers have ever scored a Champions League hat-trick, the fact Real Madrid legend Raul did it with over a year and a half to spare stands him in good stead.
Plus, we think Rodrygo Goes gave this record about as much of a scare as it can possibly receive when he bagged a hat-trick against Galatasaray last year, but even he was nearly 200 days too old.
Barring a real surge in Ansu Fati’s goalscoring form at Barcelona, this is one record that Raul will probably retain for as long as he lives.
Raul Real Madrid 1996
Will these ever be broken?
Admit it, some of these records are simply unbeatable.
While, yes, the fastest ever hat-trick and most goals in a season are vaguely beatable, we’re pretty sure 115,00 attendances and goalkeepers scoring three goals are going to stick around for decades.
But then again, records are there to be broken and as long as the Champions League continues to attract the greatest players of all, you never know what will happen in the beautiful game.
The Champions League is one of the most prestigious competitions in football.
As much as it might anger purists of the sport, there are many players that would prefer to lift ‘Big Ears’ with their club than they would the FIFA World Cup with their nation.
But what we must all probably agree on is that the Champions League is the pinnacle when it comes to club football and gathering its famous trophy is vital if you want to be considered a legend.
Sadly, due to the coronavirus pandemic, it remains to be seen when the 2019/20 iteration will be able to resume and Liverpool are set to enjoy ‘European champion’ status for a little longer.
However, in the absence of any live Champions League action for the foreseeable future, we’ve decided to reminisce some of the craziest moments from the competition’s massive archives.