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Lookman Hat-trick 'beyond Anyone's Wildest Dreams by AImiron: 8:46pm On May 23
Ademola Lookman's Europa League-winning hat-trick was "beyond anyone's wildest dreams," his former academy coach at Charlton Athletic Steve Avery said.

The 26-year-old Nigeria international scored three spectacular, unanswered goals for Atalanta as the Italian side ended Xabi Alonso and Bayer Leverkusen's 361-day unbeaten run with a 3-0 win in the final in Dublin.

Having started both legs of Atalanta's quarter-final victory against Liverpool, where they won 3-0 on a memorable night at Anfield before the Reds beat them 1-0 in Bergamo, Lookman ran riot against the Bundesliga champions.

He stole in at the back post for the first, bent the ball into the bottom corner with his right foot for the second, before rifling home into the top-right corner with his left to complete the first hat-trick in a major European final since Jupp Heynckes for Borussia Monchengladbach in the 1975 Uefa Cup


'It was written in the stars'

A clip of West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski easily saving Lookman's attempted Panenka penalty during a loan spell at Fulham circulated on social media after the game, showing what a transformative performance this was.

But for Charlton academy director Avery, the quality was always there.

"He was so exciting to watch. That second and third goal - I've seen him do that here, so I'm not surprised," he told BBC Sport London.

"You always wanted him to get on the ball, you weren't sure what would happen sometimes but you knew there was a good chance of it exciting you.

"I don't think it would have been in anyone's wildest dreams that that would have happened."

Lookman has won 21 caps and scored six goals for Nigeria, starting the Super Eagles' 2-1 final defeat by Ivory Coast in the Africa Cup of Nations this year.

But long before that, as a boy growing up in Wandsworth, south London, he played for Waterloo FC between the ages of nine and 16.

Oliver Reynolds was one of his coaches and said he saw the "Lookman of old" against Leverkusen.

"I woke up this morning and just said 'pinch me because I'm pretty sure that was a dream' - we loved every minute of it," he said.

"But, man, it was written in the stars for Ademola Lookman."

He's playing for a club that believes in him'
Lookman began his career in south-east London before moving to Everton in January 2017, where he marked his debut from the bench with the final goal in the Toffees' 4-0 victory against Pep Guardiola's Manchester City
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That would be his only Premier League goal for the club as he was restricted to just seven league starts in two seasons at Goodison Park.

A six-month loan spell at RB Leipzig followed, with a permanent move to the Red Bull Arena coming a year later in 2019.

After just one Bundesliga start and no league goals, Lookman was loaned out again and returned to London with Fulham.

He scored four times for the Cottagers as they were relegated from the Premier League under Scott Parker and spent the 2021-22 season on loan with Leicester City, scoring eight goals in all competitions as the Foxes finished eighth in the top flight.

Across five and a half seasons he started 62 of his 118 league appearances. Remove his spell from Fulham and that becomes 31 starts in 84.

Since moving to Atalanta in 2022, he has played 76 matches and started 52 of them.

"He's been playing at that elite level but the difference here is that he's playing at a club that clearly has some belief to continue to work with him and develop him, and for him to strike up a relationship with them as well," Avery said.

"Now he has fully established himself at that club, in that league, and he as put himself right up there now in terms of his European achievements."

Source: BBCSport

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Re: Lookman Hat-trick 'beyond Anyone's Wildest Dreams by INTEGRITYA1(m): 9:04pm On May 23
Nigerians to the world and kudos to as many that are doing wonderful well and promoting the image of our noble Country.

Osimhen help his club to win trophy after 20 years of trying

Lukmon help his club to win first trophy after 60 years of trying.

Asisat Oshoala doing wonderfully well and so many others I couldn't mention their names.

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Re: Lookman Hat-trick 'beyond Anyone's Wildest Dreams by Neddstark: 9:04pm On May 23
Lookman was Nigeria's best player at the AFCON.
He was humble, hungry and efficient. While Osimhen was getting all the unnecessary attention, Lookman was spearheading the attacks.
Hopefully he will have a good start next season and bring a well-deserved CAF player of the year at the next awards.

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Re: Lookman Hat-trick 'beyond Anyone's Wildest Dreams by Ofunaofu: 9:04pm On May 23
sad
Re: Lookman Hat-trick 'beyond Anyone's Wildest Dreams by Goodvibes007: 9:04pm On May 23
All the 3 goals were wonderful.

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Re: Lookman Hat-trick 'beyond Anyone's Wildest Dreams by nairalee(m): 9:05pm On May 23
Broke two records

1) First Hattrick in a Europa league final
2) Broke Bayern Liverkusen (neverlusen) unbeaten run

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Re: Lookman Hat-trick 'beyond Anyone's Wildest Dreams by ogolemati: 9:05pm On May 23
cool cool cool waaaaooh good job bro keep doing good

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Re: Lookman Hat-trick 'beyond Anyone's Wildest Dreams by gerrardomendes(m): 9:05pm On May 23
I never knew this was the same Lookman who attempted the failed panenka that relegated Fulham Fc. Amazing story

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Re: Lookman Hat-trick 'beyond Anyone's Wildest Dreams by Sccarrr: 9:05pm On May 23
Nice

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Re: Lookman Hat-trick 'beyond Anyone's Wildest Dreams by truthfully360: 9:06pm On May 23
Nigeria boy grin

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Re: Lookman Hat-trick 'beyond Anyone's Wildest Dreams by Tpave(m): 9:06pm On May 23
That's hard work and grace. Congratulations Lookman

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Re: Lookman Hat-trick 'beyond Anyone's Wildest Dreams by MrIcredible: 9:06pm On May 23
cool
Re: Lookman Hat-trick 'beyond Anyone's Wildest Dreams by Emma1Oj(m): 9:07pm On May 23
Something of since yesterday??

That's how Nigerian journalist and blogger will over hype this guy now till he unexpectedly lose form due to pressure to impress.

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Re: Lookman Hat-trick 'beyond Anyone's Wildest Dreams by Racoon(m): 9:07pm On May 23
Guy is a football legend in a class of his own. Congratulations sir.

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Re: Lookman Hat-trick 'beyond Anyone's Wildest Dreams by EmekaBlue(m): 9:07pm On May 23
I remember his goal against Cameroon on the just finished Afcon

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Re: Lookman Hat-trick 'beyond Anyone's Wildest Dreams by OkpaNsukkaisBae(m): 9:07pm On May 23
If it was foden, English media no go allow us rest

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Re: Lookman Hat-trick 'beyond Anyone's Wildest Dreams by ElevationD: 9:07pm On May 23
Fantastic!

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Re: Lookman Hat-trick 'beyond Anyone's Wildest Dreams by NOETHNICITY(m): 9:07pm On May 23
He was the most effective super eagles player in the nations cup

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Re: Lookman Hat-trick 'beyond Anyone's Wildest Dreams by Flame333: 9:07pm On May 23
I knew how many times lookman spoil my ticket because I didn't look well..

I called Alonso personally and told him to look well but he said look man, I don't need that..

Still typing end result..

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Re: Lookman Hat-trick 'beyond Anyone's Wildest Dreams by Kutunban: 9:08pm On May 23
Awesome

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Re: Lookman Hat-trick 'beyond Anyone's Wildest Dreams by nony43(m): 9:08pm On May 23
It is not Lookman it is cookman infact the commentator said it looks like he is cooking his hat trick.

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Re: Lookman Hat-trick 'beyond Anyone's Wildest Dreams by LibertyRep: 9:09pm On May 23
Congratulations, Lookman Omo Ademola

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Re: Lookman Hat-trick 'beyond Anyone's Wildest Dreams by IBB007: 9:09pm On May 23
No doubt the guy is good

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Re: Lookman Hat-trick 'beyond Anyone's Wildest Dreams by handsomeyinka(m): 9:09pm On May 23
Star boy...

He was our best player in afcon

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Re: Lookman Hat-trick 'beyond Anyone's Wildest Dreams by ebinpawa: 9:10pm On May 23
England will be wishing he was theirs .Sorry next time

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Re: Lookman Hat-trick 'beyond Anyone's Wildest Dreams by jimoholuyemi3(m): 9:10pm On May 23
Ademola Lookman making Nigeria proud omoluabi atata

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Re: Lookman Hat-trick 'beyond Anyone's Wildest Dreams by phr0nesis(m): 9:10pm On May 23
nairalee:
Broke two records

1) First Hattrick in a Europa league final
2) Broke Bayern Liverkusen (neverlusen) unbeaten run
He broke more than two records

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Re: Lookman Hat-trick 'beyond Anyone's Wildest Dreams by Starhearts: 9:12pm On May 23
Pple 4rm sit-at-home order won't be happy ...

Bxos A. LOOKMAN cut dere tickets 🎟

I no go comment, E GET why

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Re: Lookman Hat-trick 'beyond Anyone's Wildest Dreams by superCleanworks(m): 9:12pm On May 23
That guy made me proud. Such a calm and amazing shooter.

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Re: Lookman Hat-trick 'beyond Anyone's Wildest Dreams by MANNABBQGRILLS: 9:12pm On May 23
The first person he called to celebrate with is non one other than.........
Mama Lookman cheesy
God bless our mothers, all mothers out there....



For more interesting story about Lookman,
Click on this thread and enjoy 😋


https://www.nairaland.com/8101738/just-beginning-atalanta-hat-trick-hero#130094317

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