15 Players Who Have Scored Four Or More Goals in a Champions League Game

Dec 4, 2020, 7:59 PM GMT+5:30
Olivier Giroud
Olivier Giroud scored 4 goals for Chelsea against Sevilla in the UEFA Champions League | Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Chelsea's Olivier Giroud's four goals against Sevilla this midweek meant that he became the 15th player to have scored four or more goals in a single UEFA Champions League game.

Frank Lampard's side qualified as group winners on Wednesday thanks to Giroud's incredible performance on the night. The Frenchman netted a perfect hat-trick before adding a penalty to seal an emphatic victory.

And now Squawka have revealed the other players in Champions League history to have netted four goals or more over 90 minutes.

Messi and Lewandowski are the only two superstars to achieve this feat twice in their incredible careers with Messi and Luiz Adriano being the only two players to have scored five in a single Champions League game.

Here's the entire list

1. Marco van Basten (AC Milan) vs IFK Goteborg - 1992/93 - 4 goals

In November 1992, Marco van Basten became the first player to score four goals in a Champions League match, against IFK Göteborg, which also included a picture perfect bicycle kick.

Such was his performance that even then coach Fabio Capello, who is not renowned for the generosity of his compliments, was humbled as he said, "I would rate Van Basten as a 9.5 tonight, but only because I don't think perfection exists."

2. Simone Inzaghi (Lazio) vs Marseille - 1999/00 - 4 goals

On 14 march 2000, Simone Inzaghi entered the history books of the Champions League. The then Lazio striker scored four goals in his team's second group stage game of the competition against against Marseille, He became the second player after Van Basten to achieve this feat.

3. Dado Prso (Monaco) vs Deportivo de La Coruna - 2003/04

In the lead up to Monaco's tremendous run in the Champions League in that season, the likes of Ludovic Guily, who captained the team that night against Deportivo starred as Jerome Rothen, Dado Prso and Edouard Cisse helped thrash the La Liga side.

Prso scored four goals on his birthday as Rothen, Guily, Plasil and Cisse completed the rout. They beat the previous record set by Paris Saint Germain in 2000 when they beat Rosenborg 7-2.

4. Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United) vs Sparta Prague - 2004/05

For a player so obsessed with scoring goals, few footballers will have appreciated the satisfaction of ripping four in a single game as much as Ruud van Nistelrooy, who grabbed United's (and his) fourth against Sparta Prague in 2004 on the stroke of full time.

5. Andriy Shevchenko (AC Milan) vs Fenerbahce - 2005/06

In a match where Andriy Shevchenko was solely responsible for Milan's goals in a 4-0 win away to Fenerbahce, four different players provided the assist for the incredible Ukrainian frontman that night.

6. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) vs Arsenal and Bayer Leverkusen - 2009/10 & 2011/12

Messi is one of just two players to ever score five in a single Champions League game, as he did against Bayer Leverkusen in 2012 as part of a mesmeric 7-1 win.

He did the same against Arsenal two years earlier.

7. Bafetimbi Gomis (Lyon) vs Dinamo Zagreb - 2011/12

Dinamo Zagreb were a man down but leading Lyon 1-0 at home. Bafetimbi Gomis found the net for the visitors on the cusp of the interval and proceeded to score another two by the 52nd minute to ensure he completed the fastest hat-trick in Champions League history.

Gomis then had time to score a fourth and Lyon went on to win 7-1.

8. Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich) vs FC Basel - 2011/12

Bayern Munich managed to overturn the 1-0 defeat from their first leg against Basel and ripped seven past the then Swiss champions with Mario Gomez scoring four for himself.

9. Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund & Bayern Munich) vs Real Madrid and Red Star Belgrade - 2012/13 & 2019/20

Robert Lewandowski's quartet in the 2019/20 group stage against Crvena Zvezda may be the fastest ever four goal haul in the competition, netted in 16 minutes.

But his most important ones are those scored for Borussia Dortmund against Real Madrid on their way to the 2013 Champions League final.

10. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain) vs Anderlecht - 2013/14

For someone who has not won the UEFA Champions League in his career, Zlatan Ibrahimovic sure has scored a lot of goals in the competition including netting a quartet against Anderlecht in the 2013-14 season.

11. Luiz Adriano (Shakhtar Donetsk) vs BATE Borisov - 2014/15

Brazilian striker Luiz Adriano hit five for Shakhtar Donetsk away to BATE Borisov at the end of October before netting just three when the two sides met again in their next European outing.

12. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) vs Malmo - 2015/16

Cristiano Ronaldo's inclusion in any goalscoring-based list is never a big surprise. However, the Champions League's all-time top scorer has only netted four in a game once in the competition, against Malmo.

13. Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich) vs Tottenham Hotspur - 2019/20

Ahead of Bayern Munich's trip to Tottenham in October 2019, Serge Gnabry's father was straightforward with his advice: "I had told him that he should play well today."

Well, his son scored four that night as Bayern won 7-2....

14. Josip Ilicic (Atalanta) vs Valencia - 2019/20

Ilicic had signaled his manager to be substituted after scoring his third goal against Valencia. The manager ignored his request and 10 minutes alter, Ilicic scored his fourth goal of the game.

15. Olivier Giroud (Chelsea) vs Sevilla - 2020/21

At 34 years of age, Olivier Giroud became the oldest player to net a hat-trick in UEFA Champions League history. He also broke the record of being the oldest player to score four goals in a single Champions League game,