Raul is the youngest hat-trick scorer in Champions League history
Raul is a Spanish football legend, a man who has won every trophy at the club level. He is mainly known to fans for his game for Real Madrid, whose matches are always covered on the sports statistics website, where soccer livescore results are presented in as much detail as possible.
For a long time, Raul was the top scorer in the history of the Champions League. Then came the era of Ronaldo and Messi, and the legendary Spaniard lost this title. However, he is still in the top 10 best scorers in the history of this tournament. However, even such great players as Messi and Ronaldo couldn’t surpass Raul’s other goalscoring achievements. He was the youngest player to make a hat-trick in the history of the Champions League.
Raul scored his first hat-trick in the Champions League at the age of 18 years and 114 days. It happened in the season 1995/96. Then, at the group stage, Real hosted Ferencvaros and defeated the Hungarian club with a score of 6:1. The young scorer became the main player of the evening.
Raul achieved this hat trick thanks to:
- Outstanding speed. Often he just ran away from the defenders and didn’t give them a chance. The fast and agile striker moved much faster on the pitch than the Hungarian club’s defenders.
- Capabilities. Dribbling helped the Spaniard break away from opponents. Thanks to this, he entered the operational area and regularly hit the goals of the Hungarians.
- Great hit. No wonder Raul’s three shots suddenly became an impossible task for the Ferencváros goalkeeper.
As the following seasons showed, that hat-trick was just the beginning of the goalscoring career of one of the best strikers of his generation.
How Raúl helped Real Madrid return to European greatness
Despite the fact that Real Madrid remained the club with the most titles in terms of the number of Champions League wins in the 1990s, the team did not win this trophy for more than 30 years. It wasn’t until 1998 that the club finally won the cup for the 7th time in history. Now you can find out Live Scores from all Soccer Matches and follow the latest achievements of the team.
Back when Raul was at the club, Real Madrid bosses quickly realized that the young Spaniard was the player to rely on. He is skillful, fast, and has leadership qualities. No wonder Raul was one of the main stars of the team that won the Champions League three times in 1998-2002.
The Spaniard only left Real Madrid in 2010 when Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, and other new-generation stars joined the club. Raul moved to Schalke. There, the Spaniard also showed himself very well in the Champions League, where he helped the team to reach the semi-finals. Therefore, the forward’s career was eventful and successful, and his name will forever remain in football history.