KARIM BENZEMA further engraved himself in the Champions League folklore with a great hat-trick against Chelsea.
The Real Madrid killer scored the Blues in the first half of their quarter-final match at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night with two stunning headers.
And the 34-year-old amassed even more misery in crisis clubs soon after the restart by using Edouard Mendy’s screams to collect his and Real’s third.
With the third goal of the evening, Benzema broke the record for the most goals in the Champions League that the Frenchman scored in one season.
Prior to Real’s trip to West London, Benzema lagged behind David Trezeguet, Wissam Ben Yedder and team-mate Kylian Mbappe – who all scored eight goals in one campaign in an elite European club competition.
But the veteran striker is now standing alone at the top of the crowd after finding his back in the net nine times in Real’s last European campaign.
Footy fans hailed Benzema on Twitter in their crowds, and one said, “Benzema is the best player in the world.”
Another said, “Benzema is so cold.”
And another said, “No one can tell me otherwise, I swear Benzema is the best player in the world.”
One remarked, “Benzema is crazy … GOOD !!!”
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Another said, “Benzema STOP IT.”
Benzema’s hat-trick against the Blues was his second in his last two appearances in the Champions League – the first of which was last month in the round of 16 against PSG.
One fan tweeted: “Consecutive Champions League hat-tricks for Karim Benzema.
“By the way, he’s 34 years old.”
Another asked, “Wait what the fuck KARIM BENZEMA NOW HAS A BACK FOR UCL HATTIES ????”
Benzema’s feat at Stamford Bridge led his score to an incredible 37 goals in 36 appearances.
Benzema and his teammates from Real return to action on Saturday night and welcome Getafe at the Bernabeu.
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