Former five-goal haulers in Europe after Lewandowski’s Bayern blitz
At the top level of European football, it’s rare to see five goals scored by any single player over 90 minutes, but Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski recently joined an elite group with his nine-minute quintet from the bench.
As well as the prolific Poland international’s efforts, Coral have dived into the history books to bring you many of the other clinical marksmen which Lewandowski has now rivalled around Europe.
Robert Lewandowski (v Wolfsburg, 2015)
Probably the most impressive five-goal haul ever seen, with the Bayern finisher coming on at half-time against Bundesliga title rivals Wolfsburg, and rapidly dispatching every strike incredibly inside nine minutes.
Watch here as the Pole gifts Pep Guardiola’s men with three points after a sensational five strikes from the bench, with his fifth and final effort potentially a Goal of the Season contender. The 27-year-old is 11/1 to finish top scorer in the Champions League this term, which is definitely worth considering after his latest heroics in Germany.
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Cristiano Ronaldo (v Espanyol and Granada, 2015)
Among that group Lewandowski has raised himself among sits Real Madrid’s Ronaldo, which is of no surprise to anyone. Arguably the greatest player of his generation has not only one five-goal game, but two in the same year.
You can see the Portuguese superstar’s superb showing against Granada from earlier this year right here.
Radamel Falcao (v Deportivo, 2012)
Having stuttered during a woeful season-long loan spell with Manchester United and now doing pretty much the same for Chelsea, it’s easy to forget Falcao was once one of Europe’s deadliest strikers.
During his Atletico Madrid days, the Colombian hitman was at his clinical best and netted these five sublime goals against Deportivo La Coruna. Sit back and enjoy the El Tigre of old.
Lionel Messi (v B Leverkusen, 2012)
If Ronaldo has done it, then it’s likely Messi has too. On Europe’s grandest stage, La Liga’s all-time scorer became the first player ever to hit a five-goal haul in the Champions League, which Barcelona are 3/1 to win this term.
The Catalans’ four-time FIFA Ballon d’Or winner was at his majestic best against a helpless Bayer Leverkusen three years ago, with the Germans having no answer to the brilliance of this once-in-a-lifetime player. Relive that historic haul now!
Miroslav Klose (v Bologna, 2013)
The all-time record goal scorer in the World Cup for Germany, Klose is just as emphatic at club level, having enjoyed a successful spell with Serie A outfit Lazio in the latter stages of his illustrious career.
In a domestic clash with Bologna, the German poacher joined this elite list of forwards with his own five-goal haul, and you can see them all here.
Carlos Eduardo (v Guingamp, 2014)
Eduardo brilliantly demonstrates how to be clinical in Ligue 1, with the Nice attacker’s French five-goal blitz helping to thump Guingamp just last year.
See all of his goals here and pay special attention to his opening thunderbolt. You won’t be disappointed!
Luiz Adriano (v BATE Borisov, 2014)
In a European thumping for Shakhtar Donetsk, before sealing a switch to AC Milan, Brazilian forward Adriano made history by joining Messi with his own Champions League quintet.
The current Serie A attacker clinically opens the scoring after just 10 minutes before bagging a further four strikes against BATE Borisov in an eventual 7-0 hammering.
Dimitar Berbatov (v Blackburn, 2012)
Brilliant Bulgarian Berbatov constantly caused debate among fans of the Premier League with his displays being labelled as either lazy, or simply graceful.
During top-flight clash with Blackburn Rovers, the former Red Devils sharpshooter smashes in five goals on his way to ending as joint top scorer that season with Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez. Relive his sublime performance and enjoy some Berba magic!