The UEFA Champions League (UCL) sets Europe’s top clubs against one another on a regular basis. Many athletes find it difficult to stand out in this environment, especially as they near the end of their careers.
However, despite being far into their thirties, numerous celebrities have demonstrated that age hasn’t slowed them down, as they have continued to score.
For any footballer, scoring a hat-trick in the Champions League is a remarkable achievement. This is especially true when they are past their prime.
These legends, on the other hand, have demonstrated that age is just a number to them. Take a look at the five oldest players to score a hat-trick in the UCL.
- Edin Dzeko (32 years and 199 days)
The Bosnian player has represented some of Europe’s most prestigious clubs. Among the clubs he has represented are AS Roma, Manchester City, and Inter Milan. In his career, the forward has scored 25 goals in the Champions League.
However, he has only scored a hat-trick once. It happened against Viktoria Plzen for AS Roma. In the 2017-18 season, Edin Dzeko scored a hat trick in a 5-0 triumph for the Italians. In the competition, this was the striker’s most productive year. That season, he scored eight goals.
- Claudio Pizarro (34 years and 34 days)
In the Bundesliga, the Peruvian is a legend. He has played for some of Germany’s top clubs. However, the striker impressed on the European stage as well. He is one of the university’s all-time hat-trick scorers.
Claudio Pizarro’s only treble came in the 2011-12 season against Lille. In Bayern Munich’s 6-1 defeat of the French team, he scored three goals. In total, the Peruvian has scored 21 goals in the competition. The Bavarians have attracted the majority of them.
In the 2012-13 season, Pizarro won the Champions League with Bayern Munich. He is also the oldest player to ever score a hat-trick in the Bundesliga.
- Cristiano Ronaldo (34 years and 35 days)
Before being overtaken, the Portuguese held the record for the oldest hat-trick scorer in the UCL. In March of this year, Ronaldo accomplished the feat against Atletico Madrid. He scored three goals in the second leg to help Juventus overturn a two-goal lead from the first.
Cristiano Ronaldo holds numerous Champions League records. He has scored the competition’s joint-most hat-tricks. He is also the UCL’s leading goal scorer. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner also holds the record for most titles won in a single season.
- Olivier Giroud (34 years and 63 days)
Second on the list is a Frenchman. Karim Benzema recently passed him in the rankings. Chelsea won on the road thanks to Giroud’s hat-trick. In the 2020–21 season, the striker scored all four goals in a 4-0 win over Sevilla. In the competition, this was his most productive campaign.
In the Champions League, Olivier Giroud has played for Chelsea, Arsenal, and AC Milan. In the competition, he has 18 goals. With the Blues, he won his only championship in 2021.
- Karim Benzema (34 years and 80 days)
To accomplish the feat, the Real Madrid forward scored a hat-trick against PSG. In the tie, his goals helped the Los Blancos overcome a two-goal disadvantage. In addition, the Frenchman became the club’s third-highest goalscorer.
Karim Benzema has been instrumental in Real Madrid’s Champions League triumph. He has 79 goals in the competition, which puts him in fourth place overall. In addition, the Frenchman has won the title four times.