Here’s a list of the top ten greatest ever hat-tricks in the English top-flight.
10)Fabrizio Ravanelli – August 17, 1996
Fabrizio Ravanelli instantly became a fan favourite after his summer transfer from Juventus. The Italian scored a sensational opening day hat-trick against Liverpool, with all of them being equalisers and his shirt-over-head celebration became an iconic image in the Premier League history.
9)Matt Le Tissier – April 9, 1994
Southampton’s chances of staying in the Premier League were looking low and if that didn’t help, they found themselves 3-1 down 10 minutes into the second half. But Matt Le Tissier came to the rescue with his 15-minute hat-trick to keep his team’s hope alive. The Saints grabbed a last-minute winner as Ken Monkou confirmed their stay in the Premier League on the last day of the season by just one point.
8)Alan Shearer – February 2, 1997
In his first season in the black and white of Newcastle, Alan Shearer signed for a record fee of 15m. However, having gone one goal up Newcastle found themselves 3-1 down with 13 minutes of normal time remaining. Shearer, who had been miserable the whole night, came up with the goods and scored three goals to secure all three points
7)Robin van Persie – April 22, 2013
Manchester United hosted Aston Villa at Old Trafford in Sir Alex Ferguson’s last season as a Man Utd manager. The Red Devils went into this game knowing that a win would secure them a record 20th league title, and the Dutchman came up with the goods. He justified his controversial switch from Arsenal as he thumped a perfect volley from 30 yards out that got the title celebrations underway at Old Trafford.
6)Dennis Bergkamp – August 27, 1997
It is hard to find a hat-trick as good as Bergkamp’s hat-trick against Leicester in terms of technique. He opened the scoring with a shot from the edge of the box, perfectly placed into the top corner. But his third goal was a moment of magic from the Dutchman, who effortlessly collected a long ball with a delightful touch before slotting it past the keeper.
5)Luis Suarez – December 4, 2013
Has any Premier League player ever intimidated a team as much as Luis Suarez did to Norwich City?
The Uruguayan forward scored six hat-tricks during his time at Liverpool, half of which came against the Canaries. On December 4, 2013, Suarez opened the scoring with an outrageous long-range effort from 35 yards, before doubling his tally from a corner. The hat-trick was complete when he lifted the ball over a defender before smashing another volley from the edge of the area. He completed his four-goal haul with a brilliant finish from a free-kick.
4)Robbie Fowler – August 28, 1994
Robbie Fowler’s performance against Arsenal at home was a complete demolition job. The 19-year-old tore apart the Arsenal defence in minutes with a sensational hat-trick. The hat-trick also set another record as the fastest ever hat-trick in Premier League history but was eventually broken by the next player on the list
3)Sadio Mane – May 16, 2015
Fowler’s record of the fastest hat-trick was finally broken when current Liverpool player Sadio Mane scored inside two minutes and 56 seconds to set a new bar in the Premier League record books. The Senegalese International demolished the Aston Villa side as the away team had already conceded three goals inside sixteen minutes.
2)Nwankwo Kanu – October 23, 1999
The London Derby seemed to be heading towards Chelsea’s way as the Blues were leading by two goals at the 75th minute. None of us expected what was to follow in the last 15 minutes. Nwankwo Kanu made a heroic display on the field. His first and second goals were a striker’s finish but his third goal is fondly remembered, taking the ball past Chelsea’s keeper Ed de Goey before slotting in from an acute angle. Commentator Martin Tyler’s words ‘Kan-u believes it?!’ perfectly expresses the dying minutes of that game.
1)Dimitar Berbatov – September 19, 2010
Another derby hat-trick but this time the conditions were different. Berbatov gave United the lead through a looping header before scoring an overhead kick against bitter rivals Liverpool. Steven Gerrard came up with the perfect response with his two goals to make things evenly poised. With the biggest game in Premier League history set at Old Trafford, Dimitar Berbatov took his opportunity by firing a header late on to become the first United player in 64 years to score a hat-trick against Liverpool.