Edinson Cavani Scores Perfect Hat-Trick for Napoli Against Roma

Michael Cummings@MikeCummings37World Football Lead WriterJanuary 7, 2013

Is Edinson Cavani worth €63 million? On Sunday's evidence, it would be hard to argue against it.

Cavani, a 25-year-old Uruguayan forward, found the net three times Sunday as Napoli crushed AS Roma 4-1 in both teams' first Serie A match following the winter break. But this was no mere hat-trick.

It was a perfect hat-trick—and a natural hat-trick. So, then, a perfectly natural hat-trick?

First, let's get some definitions out of the way.

A player records a perfect hat-trick by scoring goals with right foot, left foot and head. A player records a natural hat-trick by scoring all three goals without anyone else scoring in between.

Cavani did all that Sunday.

The first came just four minutes into the match, when the Uruguayan raced onto a through pass and slotted home off the Roma keeper with the outside of his right foot.

The second came in the 48th minute, when Cavani bounced a left-footed shot off the pitch and into the net.

The third came in the 70th minute on a towering header from a corner. That made it 3-0 Napoli and that gave Cavani his perfectly natural hat-trick.

Don't believe it? Watch the clip above, which includes all three of Cavani's goals. It's our Set Piece Video of the Day for this Ballon d'Or Monday. Enjoy.

Cavani, known as El Matador, leads Italy's Serie A with 16 goals. After this latest amazing performance, Napoli manager Walter Mazzarri hailed him as "stunning" (via UEFA.com).

"His performances should earn him a Golden Ball," said Roma's general manager Franco Baldini. "It is not just the fact that Cavani scored three goals, but that he was able to neutralize Daniele De Rossi for the whole game."

What do you think, readers? Is Cavani worth €63 million? Does Sunday's performance prove he's world class?

Let us know in the comments.