Benzema’s chance to set a Champions League hat-trick record in Real Madrid v Chelsea
The French striker scored a hat-trick against PSG in the round of 16 in the Champions League, then repeated the feat in the quarterfinal first leg.
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has the chance to create Champions League hat-trick history tonight against Chelsea. The French striker grabbed his second hat-trick in a row in the Champions League in the quarterfinal first leg against Chelsea, having previously scored three against PSG to stun Messi & Co and end their money-fuelled hunt for the Champions League title for another year.
Benzema joins elite group of Champions League hat-trick scorers
With that second hat-trick Benzema joined a group of just four players to have scored consecutive hat-tricks, and if he can grab another triple tonight he’ll become the only player to have scored three hat-tricks in a row in the competition.
Players to have scored consecutive hat-tricks in the Champions League
The other players to have notched consecutive hat-tricks:
Luiz Adriano 2014/15: both against Bate Borisov, in the group stages.
Lionel Messi 2016/17: Also in the group stages, with the first coming against Celtic, in a 7-0 tonking, and then Man City in a 4-0 thrashing. He did miss a game against Borussia Monchengladbach between the two.
Cristiano Ronaldo 2016/17: The first player to score consecutive hat-tricks in the knock-out stages, battering three past Bayern Munich in the quarterfinal, then Atlético Madrid in the semifinal.
Karim Benzema 2021/22: Against PSG in the round of 16, then Chelsea in the quarterfinals.