In the Champions League Round of 16-second leg match against RB Salzburg, Robert Lewandowski grabbed a 23-minute hat-trick for Bayern Munich. It was the quickest hat-trick in the competition’s history, breaking Marco Simone’s previous mark of 24 minutes. It’s interesting to note that even Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo haven’t been capable of breaking this record.
After being hauled down in the penalty area in the 12th minute, Lewandowski converted from the spot, then added his tally 9 minutes on by completing another penalty. Within the 23rd minute, Lewandowski recorded the quickest hat-trick in competition history. The fact that even all-time legends like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo haven’t ever managed to hit a hat-trick in such a short period in the Champions League’s history is a matter of enormous pride for the Polish forward and Bayern Munich.
A treble took Lewandowski a whole of 23 minutes to complete. Marco Simone of AC Milan held the previous record when he struck a hat-trick in 24 minutes versus Rosenborg in 1996.
Lewandowski’s three goals against Salzburg earned him a total of 12 strikes in the Champions League for the 2021-22 season, placing him in first place ahead of Ajax attacker Sebastian Haller.
Lewandowski is currently simply three hat-tricks off Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, both of whom have eight hat-tricks.
While both Ronaldo and Messi have chances to add to their count, it wouldn’t be astonishing if Lewandowski manages to rein them in at some time. He’s been in excellent form over the past number of years, and if he keeps this up, he’ll be in contention for the title over the following few years.