Josip Ilicic smashed a couple of records as Atalanta surged into their first Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday.
Ilicic became the first player to score four goals in a Champions League knockout away game as high-flying Atalanta defeated Valencia 4-3.
The 32-year-old attacker also became the oldest player to score a hat-trick away from home in the Champions League – his stunning haul of five goals across two legs helping Atalanta complete an 8-4 aggregate triumph.
Ilicic – the jewel in Atalanta’s crown – continues to take Italy and Europe by storm this season, but how does he stack up against Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi domestically and abroad?
We take a look at his 2019-20 Serie A and Champions League numbers using Opta stats.
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Shot Conversion Rate (ex. Blocks)
Four or More Goals (inc. Hat-tricks)
Big Chance Conversion percentage
Big Chance Created
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