Classic Moments: Gary Lineker scores hat-trick for Barcelona against Real Madrid

Ollie Irish

27th, November 2009

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Not many Englishmen have scored hat-tricks in El Clasico.

Just one, I believe. It was done in January 1987, by some jug-eared fella called Gary Lineker:

Lineker’s first goal was typical of the man – an instinctive poach from two yards out. His second, ditto (great run to set it up though) – another classic poach. His hat-trick goal was, by Lineker’s standards, a thing of rare beauty – a mazy, 40-yard dribble capped with a thunderous shot. At least that’s the way I’m sure Gary tells it on the golf course.

Shame Johan Cruyff then shoved him out on the right wing, a move which arguably stopped the Englishman from becoming a Barca legend.