Most Hat-tricks in Premier League History

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Sergio Aguero – 12 PL Hat-tricks

At the top of the table for the record number of hat-tricks in Premier League history is Sergio Aguero, after his incredible career with Manchester City.

The Argentine moved to England in 2011 from Atletico Madrid and made an instant impact, scoring twice in his debut against Swansea, showing a sign of things to come for one of the Premier League’s most prolific strikers.

Aguero’s first hat-trick for City came in just his fourth league game, claiming the match ball in a 3-0 home win over Wigan. His last one came over eight years later in a historic day against Aston Villa. His three goals saw him go above Alan Shearer with 12 Premier League hat-tricks as well as overtake Thierry Henry as the highest-scoring overseas player in Premier League history.

Alan Shearer – 11 PL Hat-tricks

Before Aguero, it was Alan Shearer who led the way with his 11 Premier League hat-tricks, after a career that saw him fire in goals galore for Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United in the Premier League.

Nine of Shearer’s hat-tricks came during his time at Rovers, with the club lifting that historic title in 1995. His last two came for Newcastle, with the last one coming for the Magpies in 1999 in an 8-0 thrashing of Sheffield Wednesday.

Shearer finished his career at his boyhood team in 2006, and still holds the record as the all-time leading goal scorer in Premier League history with his 260 goals.

Robbie Fowler – 9 PL Hat-tricks

Robbie Fowler is in third place on the list, after racking up eight hat-tricks at Liverpool and another one at Leeds United.

Fowler burst onto the scene with the Merseyside outfit, claiming the match ball in just his fifth league start for the Reds, with a perfect hat-trick against Southampton in 1993. Fowler went on to score seven more hat-tricks during his first spell with Liverpool, before moving on to Leeds in 2001. Fowler grabbed his eighth and final hat-trick in the Premier League for the Yorkshire outfit away to Bolton Wanderers in December 2001.

Fowler then spent three years at Man City before returning to Liverpool in 2006, but he couldn’t make it 10 Premier League hat-tricks during that time.

Thierry Henry – 8 PL Hat-tricks

Thierry Henry is one of three players that have hit eight Premier League hattricks and share the fourth spot. The iconic French forward will go down in history after his time at Arsenal.

Henry joined the Gunners from Juventus in 1999 and picked up his first hat-trick in a 6-1 Boxing Day hammering of Leicester City. The former Monaco youngster went on to enjoy a legendary eight years at Arsenal, winning the league title twice – once as a key part of the Invincibles - and the FA Cup twice, as well as being named runner-up in the 2003 Ballon d’Or.

His final Premier League hat-trick came in 2006, in the final game ever played at Highbury, a 4-2 win over Wigan Athletic to say goodbye to the stadium in style. Henry then left for Barcelona in 2007 but did return to North London in 2012 on loan from New York Red Bulls. He couldn’t add to his eight Premer League hat-tricks in the four games he played in whilst on loan though.

Harry Kane – 8 PL Hat-tricks

The only player on this list that is still active and could add more, is Tottenham’s Harry Kane.

England’s current captain came through the ranks at Spurs, and after many loan spells, broke into the first team in the 2014/15 season. His first Premier League hat-trick came at home to Leicester in 2015 in a 4-3 win. Kane’s most recent hattrick was back in 2017, in a 5-2 victory over Southampton on Boxing Day – just three days after he had scored three away to Burnley.

At 28 years of age, there is still plenty of time for the Spurs sharpshooter to fire in more hat-tricks in the Premier League. After another season that has seen Kane and his strike partner Son Heung-min look as dangerous as ever in front of goal, it might not be long until we see him close that gap to Aguero’s 12.

Michael Owen – 8 PL Hat-tricks

Michael Owen makes up the final player on this list after his eight hat-tricks whilst playing for Liverpool and Newcastle.

After progressing to the first team from youth level, Owen broke into the first team towards the end of the 1996/97 season, scoring on his debut as a second-half substitute against Wimbledon. He then went on to become a first-team starter and recorded his first hat-trick against Sheffield Wednesday in February 1998.

Owen scored seven hattricks in the league for Liverpool, and even won the Ballon d’Or in 2001, before his move to Real Madrid in 2004.

He spent a season with Madrid before returning to England and signing for Newcastle. Owen scored his last Premier League hat-trick for the Magpies in a 4-2 win over West Ham in December 2005. He also had spells with Man United and Stoke City but couldn’t add to his tally.

Can Anyone Catch Aguero?

Harry Kane looks the likeliest of current players that could reach the top of the hat-trick leaderboard, needing four to draw level. Raheem Sterling is the second highest out of current players, with five Premier League hat-tricks.

Mohammed Salah has four and Cristiano Ronaldo has three. With both now into their thirties, you would think time is against these two catching up, but with the records that both have broken in recent years, never say never.

It could well be that the next player in with a chance of overtaking Aguero’s record is one of the young starlets set to arrive in the Premier League. Erling Haaland has an astonishing goal record, scoring 62 league goals in 67 Bundesliga games for Borussia Dortmund. In a team as dominant as Man City’s, he could well get his fair share of match balls in the coming seasons.

The same could be said for Darwin Nunez, who arrives in a strong Liverpool team after scoring 26 goals in 28 Liga Portugal games last season. At 21 and 22 years of age respectively, there is plenty of time for both Haaland and Nunez to leave their mark.

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