Real Betis captain Joaquin became the oldest player to score a hat trick in La Liga history on Sunday, scoring three times in the opening 20 minutes as his side went on to defeat Athletic Bilbao 3-1.
The 38-year-old midfielder struck just two minutes in, then again in the 11th and 20th minutes to give the home team a commanding lead, with Inaki Williams' penalty on the stroke of half-time proving nothing more than a consolation for the visitors.
Prior to Sunday, Spaniard Joaquin -- who is in his second spell at his boyhood club -- had scored three goals in La Liga this season. He had never before scored a hat trick.
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38-year-old Joaquin scored a hat-trick in the first 20 minutes of Real Betis vs Athletic 😲
He becomes the oldest player to score a hat-trick in La Liga history 👏 pic.twitter.com/vJQFu5aswC
The treble saw him break the record held by the late Alfredo di Stefano, whose last hat trick came in 1964 when he was 37.
"I have never been a big goalscorer, so to score three goals against a side like Athletic makes me very proud," Joaquin said after the match.
"Especially at my age, which makes it even harder. It's the first hat-trick of my life and I don't think I'll be able to get another one."
The win was Betis' third in a row and saw them rise to 11th in the table.
Meanwhile, the result dealt a blow to Bilbao, who were on a four-match winning streak and would have gone fourth in La Liga with a win.
Information from Reuters contributed to this report.