Boulaye Dia was exceptional this weekend. The Senegalese striker scored a hat-trick for his club against Montpellier in Ligue 1. With this performance, he enters the history of the club of Champagne.
According to OptaJean, Dia has become the first player at the Stade de Reims scoring 3 goals in the same Ligue 1 match since 1978. Argentina’s Santiago Santamaria was the score holder against Troyes AF on 21 April 1978.
And this season, the Senegalese has already scored 6 goals. That’s as much as the Frenchman Kylian Mbappé of PSG and his compatriot Ibrahima Niane of Metz. But the latter is off the field for 6 months due to a rupture of the cruciate ligaments.
First scheduled with the Teranga Lions this month for friendly games, Dia could make his official debut in a few weeks. For the 2021 AFCON playoffs, Senegal faces Guinea-Bissau twice.