Remembering 16 four-goal UCL hauls

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On Wednesday, Ajax Amsterdam's Sebastian Haller joined an elite group of players who have scored four goals or more in a UEFA Champions League match. Here are some other stars who achieved this, including Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo!

Former West Ham United forward Haller scored four goals as his side picked apart Sporting Lisbon during their 5-1 victory on Wednesday night.

Scroll through the gallery above to see 16 stars who have scored four goals or more in a single UCL match, per GiveMeSport

The Ivory Coast striker scored twice in the opening 10 minutes to give the Dutch side a flying start to the match, before completing his hat-trick early in the second half and then topping off his impressive performance with a fourth goal just after the hour mark at the Jose Alvalade Stadium.

Haller is not the first player to hit the back of the net four times or more in a UCL match, though.

In 2010, Messi scored four goals for FC Barcelona in their 2009/10 quarter-final clash against Arsenal.

Nicklas Bendtner had initially put the Gunners ahead at the Camp Nou, but the Argentine quickly responded with a hat-trick to give his team a commanding lead, and then rounded off his quartet of strikes with a stunning solo strike late on.

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Two years later, the six-time Ballon d'Or winner became the first player ever to score five goals in a single UCL match when he delivered a quintet of strikes against Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen.

Ronaldo, meanwhile, is the prestigious tournament's all-time top goalscorer, but he had to wait until 2015 to get his first four-goal haul, with the 36-year-old doing so for Real Madrid in their one-sided 8-0 victory over Swedish side Malmo.

Other memorable goal hauls of four strikes or more include Robert Lewandowski's four strikes against Los Blancos, and Simone Inzaghi’s clinical finishing against Marseille – scroll through the gallery above to see some other stars who scored four or more goals in a UCL match!

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