Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been reducing opposing goalkeepers to mere ball boys all season, and he was back at it last night as he became the first African player to score a hat-trick in the knock-out stages of the UEFA Champions League.
His treble secured a 4-0 win over Benfica on Wednesday and took his tally to seven goals in the competition, three more than he scored in his first two UCL seasons combined.
The forward’s Nike Hypervenom have also struck 21 league goals already this campaign, seeing him two clear of Robert Lewandowski as the league's leading scorer.
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The pack also features a strike zone sweet spot that has seen the boot climb to fourth in the INTERSPORT Football Boot Ranking for the Bundesliga with a score of 8.9/10.
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The Hypervenom 3’s aggressive all-over texture enhances touch, while chevron and hexagonal studs provide targeted traction for agility on the pitch.
That agility was in evidence as Aubameyang leaped to head BVB into an early lead against Benfica, drawing the Germans level on goal aggregate after their 1-0 defeat in Lisbon.
His second, which arrived on the hour mark, was proof of the traction provided by the Hypervenom as he dashed into the box before applying the brakes to send the ball into an empty net.
Made for the attacking goalscorer, the Hypervenom 3 has been designed to increase shot velocity, and only Lewandowski, Edinson Cavani and Cristiano Ronaldo have fired off more than the 23 shots Aubameyang has aimed at UCL goals this season.
Built to enable quick changes of direction on short-grass pitches, which are now found in abundance across Europe’s top leagues, the Dortmund hitman has persistently turned his markers and headed for goal, creating 11 UCL chances for his colleagues.
The fleet-footed Gabon international has an impressive low centre of gravity for a striker who stands over 6ft tall and that's complemented by the HV's secondary studs for enhanced perimeter traction, which has seen him twist and turn to devastating effect within the tight confines of the penalty area.
All 28 of Aubameyang's Champions League and Bundesliga strikes this season have been hit from inside the 18-yard box. Twenty-two of those were fired home via a Hypervenom (six headers).
And it was from inside the 18-yard box that he made history on Wednesday, as he once again raced in to convert from inside the box, completing his first ever Champions League hat-trick to cement BVB's place in the quarter-finals.
Moreover, the hollow studs and heel cushioning for increased support have helped Aubameyang to capitalise on his incredible speed to consistently add the finishing touch to the dynamic counter-attacks that have become a part of Dortmund’s DNA.
Combined with the Flywire Lockdown to provide stability during side-to-side movements, Aubameyang has undoubtedly found the right fit for him.
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