Benzema joins elite Champions League class with hat-trick against Chelsea

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has joined an elite Champions League class thanks to his hat-trick against Chelsea on Wednesday night. 

The Frenchman has been arguably the best player across Europe this season, and he proved it again at a rainy Stamford Bridge.

It was his second hat-trick in two matches, having knocked out PSG in the round of 16 with a second-half treble just before the international break. 

He has now joined a special group of players to have scored 80 or more goals in the competition, alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Robert Lewandowski. 

All-time UEFA Champions League top scorers 

  • 🇵🇹 Cristiano Ronaldo – 140
  • 🇦🇷  Lionel Messi – 125
  • 🇵🇱 Robert Lewandowski – 85
  • 🇫🇷 Karim Benzema – 82
  • 🇪🇸 Raul Gonzalez – 71

The treble took Benzema’s goal tally for the season to 11 goals in Europe, with a further 24 in LaLiga. 

Benzema has a chance of matching or bettering Cristiano Ronaldo’s record for most goals in a season, 16, during the 2015/16 season. 

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