Champions League: Incredible records that might never be broken

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And after we looked at 10 Premier League records that ‘will never be broken’ in October, we figured it would be rude not to go through the same exercise with the Champions League.

As much as we know football did exist before 1992, we’re only talking about the modern era under the competition’s current name for ease’s sake and to avoid some whacky post-war statistics.

And, yes, we’re well aware that every record has the potential to be broken, but if we were putting our money on which 10 will stand the test of our time, these would be our safest bets:

1. Fastest ever hat-trick

(8 minutes – Bafetimbi Gomis vs Dinamo Zagreb, 2011/12)

We’re actually starting with one of the ‘weaker’ records on the list, especially when you consider Sadio Mane’s Premier League history-maker stands at a mind-blowing two minutes and 56 seconds.

But if you bear in mind that Gomis’ rapid treble in Croatia – which he later added to with a fourth – overtook Mike Newell’s record of almost 20 years, you can understand why we think it’ll stand the test of time.

Even Cristiano Ronaldo’s fastest ever hat-trick in Europe finishes three minutes short of the mark.

 2. Most goals from one player in a knockout game

(5 – Lionel Messi vs Bayer Leverkusen, 2011/12)

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.