5 Stunning Examples of Perfect Hat-Tricks
Two years ago today, Cristiano Ronaldo scored a perfect hat-trick: right foot, left foot, header.
It came in Real Madrid's 4-0 win over Getafe and was one of many trebles the Portuguese star has scored since swapping Manchester United for Los Blancos, at the last count, he'd notched 23 La Liga hat-tricks—more than any other player.
Since that day against Getafe in 2013, he's even had the brilliance to score another perfect treble as part of his four-goal haul at Deportivo de La Coruna.
But he's got competition within the Madrid squad—Gareth Bale bagged his own right-foot, left-foot, header hat-trick against Real Valladolid last season.
Over the following slides, in celebration of Ronaldo's efforts 830 days ago, B/R take a look at five of the best perfect hat-tricks ever scored...
Cristiano Ronaldo vs. Getafe (2013)
We couldn't start without the man himself, could we?
Cristiano Ronaldo's perfect hat-trick against Getafe two years ago kicks off the list.
What is even more impressive about the feat is that all the goals came within 10 minutes—there must be some kind of bonus points for that.
His first was with his left, shooting across the goalkeeper after finding space on the left flank.
Then came the second goal, which was scored with his head via an Angel Di Maria cross, while he completed the scoring with a right-footed penalty.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink vs. Tottenham (2002)
"An exquisite Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink hat-trick did the damage while Frank Lampard Jr completed the rout in the final minute," was a line from the Guardian's Martin Thorpe in 2002.
He'd just witnessed the Dutch striker score a perfect treble as Chelsea took Tottenham apart 4-0.
Thorpe goes on to explain Hasselbaink's first goal:
Hasselbaink picked up the ball from Le Saux about 35 yards out and seemingly going nowhere. Fatally for Spurs, he was allowed to run forward and from about 20 yards aimed a curling shot around Neil Sullivan.
The Chelsea man's second goal was a header, courtesy of a Jesper Gronkjaer cross, and he completed the scoring with another effort from outside the area.
Unfortunately the video is not available on YouTube, but you can view the goals in all their glory by following this link.
Ivica Olic vs. Lyon (2010)
Bayern Munich may have been toppled by Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan in the final of the Champions League in 2010, but Ivica Olic will always remember the semi-final.
The Croatian struck a perfect hat-trick as the Germans reached Europe's showpiece with a 4-0 aggregate win over Lyon.
"I thought I played the game of my life against Manchester United," Olic told the club's website at the time, per Goal.com. "But the semi-final is now also an important match.
"Three goals in a game like this is amazing. I never believed that we would win in such a way."
Olic was unable to repeat the feat in the final in Madrid, where he was taken off after 74 minutes with Bayern already trailing 2-0.
Michel Platini vs. Yugoslavia (1984)
Now known as the bloke who's in charge of running UEFA, older generations will remember Michel Platini as a very good footballer.
In the summer of 1984 in Europe, there were perhaps none better.
With the European Championships being held in France, Platini really knew how to get the home fans going.
This perfect hat-trick against Yugolsavia was his second treble in as many matches.
He would go on to score an extra-time winner in the semi-final against Portugal and open the scoring in the final versus Spain.
Ooh la la.
Geoff Hurst vs. West Germany (1996)
The second goal may not have crossed the line, but it was famously given, and England's Geoff Hurst went on to complete his hat-trick against West Germany in the 1966 World Cup final.
To this day, he is still the only player to score a treble in world football's biggest game.
In an extract from his book, published in the Guardian, he reflected on how the timing could not have been better:
"I had probably scored many hat tricks on the training ground," he said. "But the timing made this feel perfect. My father predicted I would do it, but when I scored the first one in response to a free kick from Bobby Moore, I had no idea what was going to happen."
Given the nature of recent World Cup finals, it's difficult to imagine another hat-trick ever lighting up the occasion.