Benzema becomes oldest player to score Champions League hat-trick – WATCH
The striker scored three times in 17 minutes to lift his side to the quarter-final
Real Madrid hero Karim Benzema has become the oldest player to ever score a Champions League hat-trick, doing so in a 3-2 aggregate last-16 victory over Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.
The 34-year-old pounced on a Gianluigi Donnarumma mistake in the 61st minute before scoring a deflected shot in the 76th minute and putting his team ahead with a first-time strike in the 78th minute.
With his effort, the Blancos are on to the Champions League quarter-final for fifth time in seven years.
With his hat-trick, Benzema brought his total to 67 Champions League goals for Real Madrid, one ahead of Raul (66) and behind only Cristiano Ronaldo (105) in the competition’s history.
In addition to being the oldest-ever scorer in the Champions League era, he became the oldest in a European Cup match since Ferenc Puskas in September 1965 for Real Madrid vs Feyenoord (38 years, 173 days).
34 – At the age of 34 years and 80 days, Karim Benzema has become the oldest player to score a UEFA Champions League hat-trick, taking the mantle from Olivier Giroud. There were just 106 seconds between the Frenchman’s second and third goals this evening.