Five fantastic five-goal hauls from around Europe

Reigning Champions League victors Real Madrid, 4/1 with Coral to retain their crown, recently recorded an astonishing 9-1 triumph over La Liga strugglers Granada, with Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo firing in an incredible five-goal haul.

Rampant Ronaldo now joins an elite list of stars to have netted five times in a single game, as the former Manchester United winger continues to break records in the Spanish capital for Los Blancos.

Following the 30-year-old’s latest magnificent milestone, Coral writers delve into the history books and look at five other forwards that managed to slot home five strikes in a single outing.

Radamel Falcao
Despite struggling to make a genuine impact on his current season-long loan spell at Old Trafford, Colombia’s joint all-time goalscorer was prolific in La Liga during his time at Atletico Madrid.

Falcao was the last player to strike a classy quintuplet in a Spanish league clash before Ronaldo, as the Manchester United striker fired home five strikes against Deportivo La Coruna in a 6-0 thrashing in 2012.

Watch all of Falcao’s fantastic five goals in a La Liga encounter with Deportivo in 2012.

Alan Shearer
Newcastle United stormed to an amazing 8-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday in 1999, with the top flight’s eventual record leading marksman Shearer scoring five times.

Although two of his goals came from the penalty spot, the Geordie legend’s other three were typically brilliant efforts.

Lionel Messi
Whatever Ronaldo can do, Messi can do too, or probably already has!

In a clash between Barcelona and Bayer Leverkusen in 2012, the Argentina captain made history by becoming the first ever player to slot home five goals in a Champions League fixture during a 7-1 romp.

Messi produced one of the greatest ever individual European performances on another emphatic night at the Nou Camp. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner will be hoping to fire his club to further European glory this term, and they are 5/2 to win in Berlin this season.

Watch all five of Messi’s goals against Leverkusen on a historic night of Champions League football.

Dimitar Berbatov
Brilliant Bulgarian Berbatov graced Old Trafford with his sensationally composed style of play and astute scoring abilities. In 2010, the former Red Devils attacker effortlessly slotted in his own five-goal haul to help destroy Blackburn Rovers 7-0.

Watch Berbatov strike his haul against Blackburn in a Premier League encounter in 2010.

Fernando Morientes
In 2002, superb Spaniard Morientes netted a sublime five-goal haul to secure a 7-0 triumph for the Galacticos over Las Palmas.

Although, the former Liverpool striker could have struck a delightful double hat-trick, but the prolific poacher unfortunately missed a penalty late on.

Watch Morientes dispatch a fantastic five-goal haul against Las Palmas in a La Liga encounter back in 2002.