Top 5 Premier League Hat-Tricks
Since the start of the Premier League to today, it's always been about the goals.
Scoring a goal was expected every match; scoring multiple goals was not that uncommon; but to score a Premier League hat-trick, well, you joined a pretty prestigious list alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Robbie Fowler, Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry and more.
And while there's been a number of high-profile hat-tricks over the years, these five stand out as the greatest in the Premier League era. Read on and find out which ones did, and didn't, make the list.
Robbie Fowler vs. Arsenal, 1994
Recorded as the fastest Premier League hat-trick of all time, Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler netted three goals in just four minutes and 33 seconds against Arsenal.
Alan Shearer vs. Leicester City, 1997
Trailing 3-1 with under 15 minutes remaining in the match, Newcastle United seemed destined for defeat against Leicester City. Yet it would be star striker Alan Shearer who had the last laugh, netting three very good goals in the final stanza to give the Magpies the unlikeliest of 4-3 victories.
Dimitar Berbatov vs. Liverpool, 2010
Few achievements in football match up to scoring a hat-trick (including the game-winner) in front of your home fans against your biggest rival. Manchester United Dimitar Berbatov could tick that off, though, after scoring all three goals in United's 3-2 victory over Liverpool at Old Trafford.
Steven Gerrard vs. Everton, 2012
Speaking of scoring against your rivals, it's also worth mentioning Steven Gerrard's sensational effort in his 400th Premier League match. Gerrard scored all three goals as the Reds beat Everton 3-0 at Anfield—making it the first time that any player has scored a hat-trick in a Premier League Merseyside derby.
5. Dirk Kuyt, Liverpool
Date: March 6, 2011
Opponent: Manchester United
Result: Liverpool won 3-1
Luis Suarez might have been the catalyst on the day but it was stalwart Dirk Kuyt who proved to be the man in the right place at the right time against Manchester United.
Kuyt became the first Liverpool player to score a hat-trick against the Red Devils in over 20 years, with the Reds' big victory key in halting Manchester United's title hopes that year. However, it wasn't enough to stop Sir Alex Ferguson's side from wrapping up another league title, with the previous season's runners-up finishing nine points clear of Chelsea en route to another piece of silverware.
4. Mark Viduka, Leeds United
Date: November 4, 2000
Venue: Elland Road
Result: Leeds won 4-3
Few teams were capable of coming from 2-0 down against the mighty Liverpool in 2000 but Leeds United were able to do just that through Australian striker Mark Viduka.
Viduka would go on to score all four goals in a back-and-forth match—eventually doing enough to see the home team over the line and give them an incredibly special win.
However, it would be Liverpool who had the last laugh—finishing just one point clear of Leeds at the end of the season to ensure they finished third and thus qualifying for the UEFA Champions League. Leeds would again finish one spot outside the Champions League in 2001/02 before being relegated to the Championship just two seasons later in 2004.
3. Luis Suarez, Liverpool
Date: December 5, 2013
Opponent: Norwich City
Result: Liverpool won 5-1
Any doubts about Luis Suarez's individual brilliance and his overall importance to Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool were quickly put to bed as he single-handedly broke open Norwich City recently. Suarez produced several incredible pieces of timing and skill—from his audacious volley to a spectacular turn at the edge of the box—with his four goals and an assist giving the Reds a big 5-1 win in the end.
Just how important that result turns out to be for the men from Merseyside as they hunt the Premier League title and Champions League football once more still remains to be seen. But what it may do is encourage their star Uruguayan international to stay at Anfield for just a little longer—seemingly ending the transfer rumors of his departure that continue to follow Suarez.
2. Kanu, Arsenal
Date: October 23, 1999
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Result: Arsenal won 3-2
Few comebacks in the Premier League are greater than what Arsenal achieved against Chelsea in 1999.
Down 2-0 at Stamford Bridge, the Gunners were seemingly being played off the park by their London rivals. Manager Arsene Wenger introduced substitute striker Kanu into the fray, and while he might have simply been in the right place at the right time to prod home his opening goal, the Gunners' striker would quickly prove to be far more important to the cause.
Kanu scored another goal to bring Arsenal level in the second half, and then set about finding the game-winner. His relentless pressure drew an error at the back, and then his incredible poise allowed him to find himself open, on the by-line, with a chance to create something.
What he created has to be seen to be believed, with not only one of the best hat-trick goals of all time, but one of the best Premier League goals ever—full stop.
Martin Tyler's infamous commentary sums up the situation perfectly.
It's Kanu, what's he going to do....OHHHHHHH! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT!!! He's flattened Chelsea! He's hit a hat-trick at Stamford Bridge!
1. Dennis Bergkamp, Arsenal
Date: August 27, 1997
Opponent: Leicester City
Venue: Filbert Street
Result: Match drawn, 3-3
Yet for all the Premier League hat-tricks, none simply compare to the brilliance of Dennis Bergkamp's.
His first goal was a fantastic curling effort that surmised the control he had. The second goal showed his raw pace and stellar first touch on the counterattack.
His third needs no introduction or explanation—it was simply amazing.
The Foxes would fight back to level the match at 3-3 after that goal (making this a Premier League classic) but the hat-trick remains the biggest talking point on the day.
And understandably so.