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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE'S FOUR-GOAL HEROES

1. Marco van Basten

It is fitting that Marco van Basten, arguably the finest No.9 of the last two decades, was the first man to achieve the feat.

Injuries were beginning to take their toll on the legendary Dutch striker going into the 1992-93 Champions League but the complete centre forward underlined his enduring class with a sensational four-goal haul in a 4-0 rout of Gothenburg at San Siro, with a typically spectacular overhead kick from the edge of the area was the pick of the bunch.

2. Simone Inzaghi

The name Inzaghi is of course synonymous with the Champions League, with Filippo Inzaghi having decided the 2007 final in AC Milan's favour.

However, Pippo's younger brother Simone also wrote his name into the history books by striking four times in Lazio's 5-1 demolition of Marseille in the second group stage of the 1999-2000 tournament.

3. Dado Prso

Many players have celebrated their birthday with a goal. However, nobody other than Dado Prso has ever celebrated one with four goals in a Champions League game.

The former Rangers man was never the most prolific forward in the world but he could just not miss during Monaco's stunning 8-3 dismantling of a group stage rivals Deportivo la Coruna side on their way to the 2004 final.

Prso ended up on the losing side in the tournament decider but he still has fond memories of his 29th birthday.

4. Ruud van Nistelrooy

Ruud van Nistelrooy was often compared to Van Basten during his equally stellar career, so it is hardly surprising that he emulated his idol's achievement during his incredibly productive spell at Manchester United.

The former PSV forward accounted for all the Red Devils' goals in a 4-1 defeat of Sparta Prague during the 2004-05 group stages.

However, despite his fantastic record in the Champions League, van Nistelrooy never did get a winners' medal.

5. Andriy Shevchenko

From one modern great to another. Andriy Shevchenko was still at the peak of his powers when he bagged all four goals in AC Milan's 4-0 away win over Fenerbahce in 2005.

The Ukrainian was never quite the same player again, as he moved to Chelsea the following year and seemed to lose that confidence that had made him the most feared forward in European football.

6. Lionel Messi

The first man on our list to score four in a knockout fixture, Lionel Messi was at his brilliant best in Barcelona's 4-1 quarter-final, second-leg success over Arsenal back in 2010.

Of course, the peerless Argentine went one better in 2012 by netting five in a 7-1 win over a hapless Bayern Leverkusen in the last 16, making Messi the only man to score four or more goals in a Champions League game on two separate occasions.

7. Bafetimbi Gomis

Coincindenally, 7-1 was also the final scoreline when Lyon met Dinamo Zagreb during last year's competition.

The game was also shrouded in controversy but there was no disputing the historic nature of Bafetimbi Gomis' performance, with the France international helping himself to four of his side's tally to take his place alongside some of the game's most famous names.

8. Mario Gomez

Bayern Munich netted seven times without reply when they played Basel at home during last year's competition and their now former striker made the most of the opportunity to fill his boots.

Mario Gomez was the Bavarians' man-of-the-match, helping himself to four goals in total, with Bayern ultimately going on to win the competition.

The Germany international moved to Fiorentina over the summer in a €20 million deal.

9. Robert Lewandowski

One of the most striking four-goal performances of recent times was Robert Lewandowski’s heroics for Borussia Dortmund in the 2012-13 semi-final against Real Madrid.

The Polish forward opened the scoring by latching onto a left-wing Mario Gotze cross before producing two smart finishes to send his side into a two-goal lead after Cristiano Ronaldo’s equaliser levelled the score. And he capped a brilliant individual performance by smashing home a penalty.

10. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

The Swedish international scored four of Paris Saint-Germain's goals in the 5-0 win over Anderlecht on Wednesday, October 23 in Belgium.

In doing so, the prolific Swedish striker joined an elite group of players to have netted four times in a single Champions League game.

 
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