A record was broken this weekend in La Liga and it had nothing to do with Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, it was all about Joaquin.
If they don’t name those two, you can be sure they think it has something to do with Real Madrid or Barcelona.
Well, this weekend, not only did Real Betis winger Joaquin score the first hat-trick of his career, he got himself a place in the La Liga record books too.
The 38-year-old scored a 20-minute hat-trick in his side’s 3-2 win of Athletic Bilbao.
Joaquin became the oldest player in la Liga history to score three in a game.
He is actually 38 years and 140 days old, and he broke a record held by Real Madrid legend Alfred Di Stefano for 45 years.
Di Stefano was 37 years and 255 days old when he scored his last hat-trick for Los Blancos.
According to Sky Sports, the Betis player had this to say of his achievement:
“It’s the first hat trick of my life.”
” I don’t think it’s going to happen again.”
“I’ve never been a goal-scorer throughout my career, so I’m really proud to be able to get three goals against a rival like Athletic.”
“Considering my age, it’s not an easy thing to do.”
Ronaldo is now playing his trade in another league, and Messi is already thinking about retirement at 32.
This might be one that even they can’t take off Joaquin.