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Hat-Trick Hero Sterling 1 Minute Short Of CR7 Milestone

Raheem Sterling wrote his name into the UEFA Champions League history books on Tuesday, but remained just one minute shy of a Cristiano Ronaldo milestone.

Click through the mini-gallery above to see the players with the fastest UCL hat-tricks.

The Manchester City winger was involved in all five goals as his side thrashed Atalanta 5-1 to continue their 100% start to this season's Champions League campaign.

Sterling provided the assist for Sergio Aguero's 1-1 equaliser after the guests had somewhat surprisingly gone ahead, and also won the penalty for the Argentine's second strike before half-time.

In the second half, Sterling himself found the back of the net three times between the 58th and 69th minute, scoring one of the fastest hat-tricks in UCL history.

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UEFA have officially registered that his treble took 12 minutes, which means he was just one minute short of Ronaldo's fastest hat-trick in the competition.

The record is still held by Bafetimbi Gomis, who netted his record hat-trick for Olympique Lyon in a 7-1 victory over Dinamo Zagreb on 7 December 2011.

Blackburn Rovers' Mike Newell scored the second-fastest UCL hat-trick ever, striking thrice in nine minutes in a 4-1 win over Rosenborg in 1995, with Ronaldo and Sterling following in third and fourth place, respectively.   

Shakhtar Donetsk's Luiz Adriano is also on the list after scoring a 12-minute hat-trick against BATE Borisov in 2014.

Read: Mbappe Breaks Messi UCL Record Vs Tau's Brugge

Sterling became the fifth player to score a treble or more in this season's Champions League, joining Salzburg's Erling Braut Haaland, Dinamo Zagreb's Mislav Orsic, Bayern Munich's Serge Gnabry and Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe.

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