European football continues to entertain fans around the World. Premier League title race is getting hotter every weekend. Liverpool and Chelsea have done a superb job so far to keep Manchester City close. Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspurs are struggling to breathe but they are not out of it just yet. Jose Mourinho focus is top four because it is clear Manchester United can’t win the trophy this season. UEFA Champions League will return to our screens next week. Today, as the countdown starts, let us look at seven English legends with UEFA Champions League hat-tricks in history.
7. Harry Kane- Tottenham (2017)
Harry Kane scored the perfect hat-trick for Tottenham v APOEL Nicosia
39th minute: Left foot
62nd minute: Right foot
67th minute: Header
— Football on BT Sport 🇩🇪 (@btsportfootball) September 26, 2017
Harry Kane became the seventh English player to score a Champions League hat-trick in the history. The 25-year-old made history in September 2017 against APOEL Nicosia to take the match ball home. The sky is certainly the limit for the Spurs forward. At his age, he might be able to score more hat-tricks in Europe.
6. Danny Welbeck-Arsenal (2014)
Arsenal 4-1 Galatasaray. Welbeck Hat trick. 1st October 2014. pic.twitter.com/Kp3iGf3rM9
— David Alaba (@inceptioned) April 12, 2017
Lous Van Gaal watched in dismay as Danny Welbeck answered him less than a month after selling him to Arsenal because he wasn’t good enough. The English striker netted a hat-trick on 1st of October 2014 to hand Arsene Wenger a much needed 4-1 win against Turkish side Galatasaray.
The pundits criticized the Dutchman for selling a promising striker to a rival but maybe he was right. Welbeck departure allowed the legendary Coach to give another English star Marcus Rashford a chance to shine. The young striker is now ahead of the Arsenal forward in England national team pecking order.
5. Mike Newell – Blackburn Rovers (1995)
🗓 ON THIS DAY: In 1995, Blackburn Rovers beat Rosenborg 4-1 in the Champions League.
— bet365 (@bet365) December 6, 2017
In Champions League 1995/96 season Blackburn Rovers made their only appearance to date. They had just beaten Manchester United to the Premier League title that year. This meant they were going to play in Europe.
The campaign did not turn out as expected. They lost almost all their Group matches. However, they decided to go out with a bang in game six. Mike Newell grabbed a nine-minute hat-trick to help his side beat Rosenborg 4-1 on December 6 that year.
4. Alan Shearer- Newcastle United (2003)
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleNUFC) February 26, 2016
Premier League record goal scorer did not achieve so much in Europe because he decided to be loyal to Newcastle United. The story could have been very different had he agreed to join the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich among others.
On this day, February 26 2003, the prolific striker netted a hat-trick against Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen. The Toon Army won the game 3-1 in Germany.