Former Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski hit three past Turkish third division side Dersimpor today, making sure Galatasaray wouldn't be embarrassed in the Turkish Cup.The game eventually finished 5-1, with the Turkish giants conclusively proving their superiority.
The game eventually finished 5-1, with the Turkish giants conclusively proving their superiority.
Podolski is no stranger to success in domestic cup competitions, as he won the DFB-Pokal with Bayern Munich in 2008, the FA Cup with Arsenal in 2014 and has won the Turkish Super Cup twice with Galatasaray in 2015 and 2016.
The 31-year-old proved he still has the goalscoring instinct as he completed his hat-trick on the 60-minute mark having scored his first after 24 minutes, meaning the haul took the German striker just 36 minutes from start and finish.
This marks the striker's first hat-trick in over 11 years for both club and country. Although 36 minutes is undoubtedly impressive, it is a long way from professional record holder James Hayter, who bagged a hat-trick in 140 seconds for Wrexham in 2004.
Video: Podolski goal No. 1
Video: Podolski goal No. 2
Video: Podolski goal No. 3
The World Cup winner moved to Galatasaray after his tenure at Arsenal came to a close last summer. He ended his time with the north London club on loan at Inter Milan, where he scored just once in 17 appearances.
However, since moving to the Turkish side, his goalscoring record has notably improved as he has netted 15 times in 31 appearances. Galatasaray will hope Podolski's goals can help push the team to improve on their sixth-placed Super Lig finish last season.
Although he retired from international football earlier this year, perhaps Podolski's most impressive goalscoring record is for the national side. He is the third-highest goalscorer for Germany, scoring 48 goals in 129 appearances.