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Sport Joaquin scores first hat-trick at 38 to break La Liga record

11:20  09 december  2019
11:20  09 december  2019 Source:   goal.com

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The Spanish veteran had never scored a treble before and his first was a record - breaking one .

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a close up of Joaquín Sánchez Rodríguez in a blue shirt

Real Betis winger Joaquin rolled back the years on Sunday as he became the oldest player to score a hat-trick in La Liga history.

The 38-year-old plundered three goals inside the opening 20 minutes in his side's clash with Athletic Bilbao at Estadio Benito Villamarin.

After opening the scoring at the far post after just two minutes, Joaquin made it 2-0 after 11 minutes with a low curling effort before completing his hat-trick with a cool finish in the 20th minute. 

Joaquin celebrates after the game's opening goal in the second minute © Quality Sport Images/Getty Images Joaquin celebrates after the game's opening goal in the second minute

His treble takes his La Liga tally for the season to six goals – the same as his total from last season and the most he has scored in a domestic campaign since 2003-04.

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The Spanish veteran had never scored a treble before and his first was a record - breaking one .

Real Betis captain and former Spain star Joaquin hits hat - trick at 38 to break La Liga record and help boyhood club to win over Athletic Bilbao. He made it 3-0 with a superb first -time finish into the bottom corner in the 20th minute, scoring his first ever treble in a competitive game, more than 19

Joaquin – capped 51 times by Spain – started his career at Betis before moving to Valencia in 2006. He then enjoyed spells at Malaga and Fiorentina before returning to Los Verdiblancos in 2015.

While no stranger to chipping in with a few goals, he's never been prolific in front of goal and admits his first treble will likely be his last. 

Joaquin is experiencing a goalscoring revival in the twilight of his career © Aitor Alcalde Colomer/Getty Images Joaquin is experiencing a goalscoring revival in the twilight of his career

“It's the first hat-trick of my life. I don't think it's going to happen again,” Joaquin said post-match.

“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.”

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At the ripe old age of 38 years and 140 days, Joaquin became the oldest player to score a La Liga hat - trick , breaking the record set by the legendary Alfredo Di Stefano, who was 37 years and 255 days old when he achieved the feat for Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid on 15th March 1964.

Scoring in every game in a single La Liga season: 38 out of 38 games, Barcelona (2012–13), Real Madrid (2016–17)[75]. Joaquín . ^ "5 La Liga Records That Might Never Be Broken ". footyfair.com. Retrieved 2 June 2014. ^ " Hat - tricks in La Liga history". sportsgoogly.com.

Real Betis coach Rubi is happy to see Joaquin continue to defy his age but believes he should have ended the night with four goals and not just three. 

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“It was a shame he missed his chance for the fourth goal, it was probably his easiest opportunity to score," Rubi said. “He keeps showing how good he is despite his age.”

Rubi's side have now won three straight games in La Liga and currently sit 11th in Spain's top-flight. 

Their good form comes after a run of just one victory from seven matches, with Rubi pleased to see his side turn a corner, courtesy of Joaquin's efforts.

Joaquin after completing his treble © Quality Sport Images/Getty Images Joaquin after completing his treble

"I am very happy because we saw those positives before the results arrived and they justify that feeling," he said.

"I am very happy for the fans, for the club, because we did not deserve so many adversities. Now, to learn from the mistakes of the past and to look more and more forward."

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Joaquin has played 533 La Liga games. Real Betis' legendary captain Joaquin is showing no signs of slowing down after netting his first career hat - trick at 38 Achieving the feat in his 533rd Spanish top-flight game, Joaquin broke Alfredo di Stefano's record as the competition's oldest hat - trick scorer

Joaquin became La Liga 's oldest scorer of a hat - trick on Sunday as Real Betis beat Athletic Bilbao AFP. At 38 years and 140 days old, Joaquin hit his first ever hat - trick and surpassed Real Madrid great Alfredo Di Stefano, whose record as the oldest scorer of one in La Liga had stood for 55 years.

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