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Atalanta's Ademola Lookman named official UEFA Europa League final Player of the Match

Atalanta's Ademola Lookman has been named Hankook Player of the Match after his hat-trick won the 2024 UEFA Europa League final for the Italian side.

Player of The Match: Ademola Lookman highlights

Ademola Lookman has been named Hankook Player of the Match after his hat-trick won the UEFA Europa League final in Dublin for Atalanta.

The UEFA Technical Observer panel's assessment of the Nigerian's performance said it all: "For obvious reasons and his all-round enthusiasm and energy. Really sharp and his execution was spot on."

Lookman anticipated Davide Zappacosta's ball across the box to open the scoring, then hit a brilliant individual second on 26 minutes. A threat all night, he became the first player to score a Europa League final treble after Gianluca Scamacca played him through to smash in Atalanta's third on 75 minutes.

Lookman comes to meet the media with his winners' medal
Lookman comes to meet the media with his winners' medalUEFA via Getty Images

"I've always had the confidence in my ability to create, to score goals, to help my team-mates," the 26-year-old said in the post-match press conference. "In the past two years I've been able to take my game to a whole new level. Maybe [my best form] could have come earlier, but it's come now. This is just the beginning. I hope for more nights like this and to just keep getting better and better."

It is the sixth time that a player has scored a hat-trick in the final of a major UEFA club competition. Ferenc Puskás hit four for Real Madrid against Eintracht Frankfurt in 1960 European Cup final, and then hit three against Benfica in the final of the 1962 competition.

Alfredo Di Stéfano also scored three for Madrid in that 1960 final, while Pierino Prati scored three against Ajax for Milan in the 1969 showpiece. The only previous hat-trick in a UEFA Cup or Europa League final was scored by Jupp Heynckes, as Mönchengladbach beat Twente in the 1975 decider.

Lookman is only the third Nigerian player to find the net in a UEFA Cup or Europa League final, after Alex Iwobi in Arsenal's 4-1 loss to Chelsea in 2019 and Joe Aribo, who scored Rangers' goal as they lost on penalties to Eintracht Frankfurt two years ago. He is also only the third Nigerian to appear in a final win in the competition, after Taribo West (Inter Milan, 1998) and Chidi Odiah (CSKA Moskva, 2005).

After the game, he said that playing international football for Nigeria had helped him to raise his game. "It's incredible [to play for Nigeria]," he explained. "The support and the love I get back home from the people is unbelievable. It gives me the motivation to evolve in different areas – as a person, not just in my game."

Player of the Match: Previous finals

2023 Yassine Bounou (Sevilla)
2022 Kevin Trapp (Frankfurt)
Étienne Capoue (Villarreal)
2020 Luuk de Jong (Sevilla)

2019 Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
2018 Antoine Griezmann (Atlético de Madrid)
2017 Ander Herrera (Man United)
2016 Coke (Sevilla)
2015 Éver Banega (Sevilla)
2014 Ivan Rakitić (Sevilla)
2013 Branislav Ivanović (Chelsea)
2012 Radamel Falcao (Atlético)
2011 Radamel Falcao (Porto)
2010 Diego Forlán (Atlético de Madrid)

2009 Darijo Srna (Shakhtar)
2008 Andrey Arshavin (Zenit)
2007 Andrés Palop (Sevilla)
2006 Enzo Maresca (Sevilla)
2005 Daniel Carvalho (CSKA Moskva)
2004 Roberto Ayala (Valencia)
2003 Derlei (Porto)
2002 Jon Dahl Tomasson (Feyenoord)
2001 Gary McAllister (Liverpool)
2000 Cláudio Taffarel (Galatasaray)

1999 Hernán Crespo (Parma)
1998 Ronaldo (Inter)

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