Karim Benzema stole the show in the Real Madrid-PSG Champions League second leg, hammering in three goals to propel the Spanish giants into the next round of the competition. Real Madrid entered the fray on Wednesday with an aggregate score of 1-0, having lost the first leg of the fixture in Paris. Benzema, however, was not about to let his club down without a fight and earned a second-half hat-trick with all the goals scored in the space of 20 minutes. Not only was it a remarkably quick hat-trick for the 34-year-old, but Benzema is now the oldest official player in Champions League history to score a hat-trick, overtaking former Chelsea striker Olivier. Giroud, compared to bleacher.

Benzema is 17 days older than Giroud when he scored a hat-trick in Chelsea’s Champions League game in December 2020, making him the oldest official player to have achieved the feat.

Despite his age, Benzema plays one of the best footballers of his career. His hat-trick against PSG is the latest in a string of dominating performances from the France international this season. Across all competitions, Benzema has scored 30 goals at home for Los Blancos, including 8 goals in 7 Champions League appearances. The veteran has been relentless in front of goal, helping lead Real Madrid to the top of La Liga, as well as the later stages of the Champions League.

His future with the club remains uncertain amid Kylian Mbappe links, but Benzema has only boosted his value to the club with every goal.

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