Looking back at the Liga hat-tricks scored in the Madrid Derby
The 204th installment of the Madrid derby sees league leaders Real Madrid travel to the Wanda Metropolitano to face their cross-town rivals Atlético.
In this fixture, which has been played out 164 times in the LaLiga, Madrid have triumphed on 87 occasions, while losing 38 times and drawing on 39 occasions.
Let us have a look at the players who have scored a LaLiga hat-trick in the Madrid derby.
#5 Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
Cristiano Ronaldo became only the 5th player to score a LaLiga hat-trick in the Madrid derby when he netted thrice for Real Madrid in a 4-1 victory at Atlético in 2011-12.
It marked the first time in 59 years that a Madrid player had netted a LaLiga hat-trick against the Rojiblancos.
Ronaldo followed up on his feat by scoring all three goals against Atlético in a 2016-17 LaLiga game. This made the Portuguese forward the only player to score two LaLiga hat-tricks in the history of the Madrid derby.
Ronaldo, who also has two Champions League hat-tricks against Atlético, is the all-time LaLiga record holder with 34 hat-tricks.
#4 Baltazar (Atlético Madrid)
Baltazar became the second Atléti player to net a LaLiga hat-trick in the Madrid derby when he scored all three goals in Atlético's 3-3 home draw with Real Madrid in the 1988-89 season.
In the process, the Brazilian became the second non-Spanish player to score three goals in a Madrid derby in the LaLiga.
This also marked the only instance of the scorer of a LaLiga hat-trick in the Madrid derby not ending up on the winning side. Atlético and Real Madrid shared the spoils in a six-goal thriller at Atléti's erstwhile Vicente Calderón home ground.
#3 Alfredo Di Stéfano (Argentina)
Alfredo Di Stéfano became the second 'Madridista' to score a LaLiga hat-trick when the prolific striker scored thrice in Real Madrid's 4-3 win at Atlético in the 1953-54 season.
The Argentine, in the process, became the first non-Spanish player to net three goals in the league against Atléti.
#2 Pruden (Atlético Madrid)
Prudencio Sánchez Fernández, commonly known as Pruden, was the first Atlético player to score three LaLiga goals in a game against Real Madrid. He netted all three goals in Atléti's 3-1 away win over Real Madrid at the Estadio Chamartín in the 1940-41 season.
#1 Gaspar Rubio (Real Madrid)
Gaspar Rubio was the first player to score a LaLiga hat-trick in the Madrid derby. The Spanish forward did so by scoring thrice in Real Madrid 4-1 win over Atlético in the 1929-30 season, at Real's erstwhile home ground of Estadio Chamartín.
Rubio's three-goal haul came in the third edition of the Madrid derby (all in LaLiga).