Top 8 Players Who Scored Four Goals Against Real Madrid in One Game

Top 8 Players Who Scored Four Goals Against Real Madrid in One Game

Isaac Darko
updated at May 21, 2024 at 10:18 AM
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  • Alexander Sørloth has joined an elite list by scoring four goals in a game against Real Madrid
  • The Norwegian netted four times to give Villarreal a hard-fought 4-4 league draw on Sunday
  • Sports Brief looks at others who scored four or more goals against Los Blancos in one game

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Real Madrid are undisputably one of the most successful clubs in European football.

They have won a record 14 UEFA Champions League and 36 La Liga titles, among several others.

They are also one of three clubs that have never been relegated from the Spanish top flight.

Robert Lewandowski, Diego Milito, Valentin Castellanos, Esteban Echavarria
Valentin Castellanos, Robert Lewandowski, and Diego Milito are among the elite players who scored four or more goals against Real Madrid in one game. Credit: @sportskeedaid.
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Despite their many successes, a few players have been the bane of Los Blancos, punishing them for their defensive frailties over the years.

Sports Brief looks at the top players with four or more goals against Real Madrid in a single match.

Who scored four goals against Real Madrid in one game?

Marti Ventolra (Barcelona) - 1935

Legends like Johan Cruyff, Romario, and Lionel Messi have all played for Barcelona teams that defeated Real Madrid 5-0, yet none of them managed to score four goals in those historic matches.

Such a decisive victory in El Clasico is known as La Manita - the little hand. When Ventolra scored four goals in Barca's 5-0 thrashing of Madrid in 1935, four of the raised fingers belonged to him.

Vicente Martinez Catala (Espanyol) - 1940

Real Madrid famously never know when they are beaten, a truism demonstrated during their run to a 14th European Cup in 2022 and long before the competition they would come to dominate even existed.

In a seemingly routine league match in March 1940, Espanyol's Vicente Martinez Catala had completed his hat-trick and had seen teammate, Gabriel Jorge, score within the first hour.

However, Los Blancos refused to capitulate, scoring twice before Catala added his fourth goal. Two late goals from Real Madrid, separated by less than two minutes, left the Catalan hosts clinging to a wild 5-4 victory.

Emilin (Real Oviedo) - 1944

There’s no better way to kick off a season than by scoring four unanswered goals against Real Madrid.

Despite the ongoing Second World War, La Liga continued, and in the first game of the 1944/45 season, Emilín propelled Real Oviedo to a 3-0 lead within the first 20 minutes.

The lively left winger, renowned for his knack for scoring directly from corner kicks rather than traditional poaching, added a fourth goal to his personal tally after the break.

Esteban Echevarria (Real Oviedo) - 1947

While other players on this list might boast about scoring four goals against the mighty Real Madrid, Esteban Echevarria stands alone in La Liga history as the only player to net five in a single game against the Spanish giants.

The Basque forward had previously set a record for the fastest start to a Spanish league season, scoring 14 goals in the first eight games - a record that stood until Cristiano Ronaldo broke it in 2014.

Yet, Echevarria still had enough firepower to score five goals in a 7-1 thrashing of Madrid in December 1947.

Diego Milito (Real Zaragoza) - 2006

Milito scored four goals as Real Zaragoza stunned Real Madrid CF 6-1 in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final tie at La Romareda, per UEFA.

The Argentinian striker scored a hat-trick in less than 20 first-half minutes to set the home team on course for a staggering first-leg victory.

Milito completed his four-goal salvo with a header on 55 minutes and his strike partner, Ewerthon, got in on the act to score two late goals to make it six.

Robert Lewandowski (Dortmund) - 2013

Robert Lewandowski made Champions League history in April 2023, becoming the first player to ever score a hat-trick past Real Madrid in the competition, per ESPN.

The Poland international destroyed some of the White Angels' history in the competition as he broke their streak of never conceding a hat-trick.

The then Borussia Dortmund forward didn't stop at three though, grabbing four goals - netting three in 17 minutes at one point - as Dortmund won 4-1.

Taty Castellanos (Girona) - 2023

Until the night of Tuesday, April 25, 2023, Taty Castellanos' debut season at Girona had shown promise but was marred by a lack of clinical finishing. That narrative was not merely rewritten but dramatically transformed with his ruthless four-goal performance against Real Madrid.

In front of a roaring crowd, Castellanos epitomised efficiency, making only four passes but scoring an amazing four goals from five shots on target, leading Girona to a historic 4-2 victory.

Alexander Sørloth (Villarreal) - 2024

Alexander Sørloth will never forget his Matchday 37 performance against Real Madrid.

Entering the penultimate round of the season in top form and vying for the 2023/24 Pichichi Trophy, the Norwegian could hardly have dreamed of scoring four times against the reigning champions to surge to the top of the La Liga goal-scoring charts.

However, that’s exactly what he did. The 28-year-old netted past Andriy Lunin in the 39th, 48th, 52nd, and 56th minutes, leading his team back from a 4-1 deficit to secure a 4-4 draw against Los Blancos, per beIN Sports.

Sørloth’s remarkable performance included two headers and two left-footed finishes on counterattacks.

Real Madrid legend lauds Arda Guler

Sports Brief also previously reported that Arda Guler's stellar rise at Real Madrid has garnered widespread acclaim, with even club legends acknowledging his remarkable talent.

Esteemed figures like legendary midfielder José María 'Guti' Gutiérrez Hernández have lauded Guler's performances, with Guti declaring the young star 'much better' than himself.

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Isaac Darko is a La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga editor at Sports Brief with a Degree in Journalism and Communications from Ghana Institute of Journalism (2010)