Europa League Three records Ademola Lookman set with Europa League final hat-trick

Ademola Lookman is on everyone’s lips since Wednesday night and his heroic hat-trick that won Atalanta the Europa League title ahead of Bayer Leverkusen, the Italian club’s first trophy in 61 years.

Lookman had a night to be reminded of un Dublin on Wednesday evening. The Nigerian forward set three records which are absolutely crazy.

First-ever African player to score two or more goals in a European Cup final

Africa has had great strikers the likes of George Weah, Samuel Eto’o, Didier Drogba, Nwankwo Kanu, Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane but none of them managed to achieve what Ademola Lookman did against Bayer Leverkusen.

The Super Eagle became the first-ever African player to score two or more goals in an European Cup final with his hat-trick against Xabi Alonso‘s side.

First-ever Atalanta goal in Europa League final

The only European Cup Atalanta Bergamo had before Wednesday’s final was the UEFA Cup won in 1964. Then Ademola Lookman stepped up on a high-stakes game to score them their first goal in Europa League final, the second one and the third one as well. He is history maker.

First-ever hat-trick in Europa League final

This is surely the craziest record Ademola Lookman set on Wednesday. The 26-year old is just the first player to have scored a hat-trick in a Europa League final. Knowing that the tournament is being played since 1971, what the 2023 AFCON finalist did needs to be talked about with maximum respect and not as a performance of an Everton flop.


Aimé ATTI is a bilingual journalist who breathes football and shares his passion on Africa Top Sports

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