When a player is on song, they can literally destroy the opposition. But in some cases, banging in 5 goals may seem to be a bit of a stretch. Back in October 2015, Sergio Aguero crushed New Castle United in a Premier League match by netting 5 goals. Those 5 goals came within a span of just 20 minutes. He is the third person in the 2015 season to score 5 goals in European football. Some of the world’s greatest attackers have destroyed the the opposition’s defense single handedly. So we present to you, our pick of 7 selected goal hauls from that list in random order-
7) Andy Cole (Vs Ipswich Town, March 4th,1995)
Old Trafford icon Andy Cole scored 5 goals against Ipswich Town as Manchester United completed a 9-0 annihilation of their rivals. The score-line continues to remain a record winning margin in the Premier League era .
The Tractor Boys actually beat Manchester United 3-2 at Portman Road six months back before their destruction at Old Trafford.
6) Dimitar Berbatov (Vs Blackburn Rovers, November 27th, 2010)
The famous Bulgarian striker thrashed The Riversiders as the striker synonymous with the term ‘lazy elegance’, produced a memorable night for the Old Trafford fans with his bamboozling set of skills.
The combination of Nani, Rooney and Berbatov was deadly throughout the match as Sir Alex Ferguson’s side completed the demolition of the Rovers by the score of 7-1.
5) Radamel Falcao (Vs Deportivo La Curona, December 9th, 2012)
The Colombian hotshot dazzled in the match as the then 26-year-old Atleti striker reminded the world of his claims to be among the top strikers on the planet. His 5 goal haul had everything from clinical finishing to a poacher strike to a cleverly taken penalty and more.
His form has dipped significantly in the recent past, as he hopes to be revitalized under the guidance of his present coach Jose Mourinho, but the forward was one to fear of back in his days
4) Cristiano Ronaldo (Vs Granada, April 5th,2015)
One of the greatest showmen of modern football, the Portuguese winger was at his absolute best as he brutally inflected pain on the weak defense of the Spanish outfit Grenada Grenada. Now the Galactico’s joint all-time top scorer scored the fastest hat-trick of his career in the match in the span of just 18 minutes as Grenada succumbed to an embarrassing 9-1 defeat against Los Merengues.
With his performance, the three time Ballon d’ Or recipient reminded everybody that he was still the main guy for the Spanish capital outfit and will remain so for a considerable period of time.
3) Sergio Aguero (Vs New Castle United, October 3rd ,2015 )
The 28-year-old Manchester City forward striker rose against New Castle United after recovering from a slump in form and produced arguably his best ever performance for the Sky Blues as the Argentine’s goals shattered apart the opposition defense. He took just 20 minutes to score the 5 goals and was later substituted by Pellegrini after 50 minutes.
He equaled the record for the fastest 5 goal haul with an incredible number of only ‘9’ touches and matched Newcastle’s total goals for the entire league season till that match.
2) Lionel Messi (Vs Bayern Leverkusen, March 7th,2012)
Widely heralded as one of the greatest players to ever grace the game, Lionel Messi was at his devastating best as the brilliant Pep Guardiola led Barcelona wreaked havoc on the German outfit submitting them to a 7-1 defeat against the Catalans and an even more humiliating score line of 10-2 on aggregate.
The 5 goals that he scored were a magnificent display of the genius that the diminutive Argentine possesses as the goals included a brilliant left footed lob followed by a right footed lob, Curve from a distance and etc. Hard to believe he was just ‘24’ when the Barcelona wizard registered his name as the first player to score 5 goals in the history of the prestigious European competition.
1) Robert Lewandowski (Vs VFL Wolfsburg, September 22nd ,2015)
In the match against VFL Wolfsburg, the German champions were trailing by 1-0 when Pep Guardiola decided to bring on the 27-year-old striker from the bench. Six minutes later he scored his first goal in the 51st minute and another 9 minutes in to the second half, he had scored 4 more goals taking his tally to 5 in just a span of 9 minutes. His hat-trick consisting of initial 3 goals was scored within a span of four minutes making it the fastest in the history of Bundesliga.