Every player loves to score, in fact the only thing better for an attacking player is scoring more than one goal. If a player manages three in one game, (aka a hat-trick), he gets to keep the match ball and is almost guaranteed a man of the match award. While any hat-trick is special, some have that extra something about them, whether that is because of the level of skill involved, the importance of a game or because of the amount of pressure a team is under at the time.
Steven Gerrard – Liverpool vs. Everton (Mar 13, 2012)
Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard helped himself to all the goals in this annihilation of rival local team Everton. What would have hurt the Toffees even more was that the game was played on the 10th anniversary of Manager David Moyes affiliation with the club, not that Gerrard will mind spoiling the party.
His first came in the first half and was a well measured ball over the top of the keeper to see his side take the lead. In the second half, he thundered home after being set up by teammate Luis Suarez, who also combined with his captain for the third goal which saw him complete his hat-trick late in the game.
Santi Cazorla – Arsenal vs. Reading (Dec 17, 2012)
Perhaps the best thing about this hat-trick from Santi Cazorla was the timing, at least from the point of view of the under pressure Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger. The £15 million former Malaga player was outstanding throughout the 5-2 victory, contributing with great all-around play, as well as three fantastic goals.
Robin Van Persie – Southampton vs. Manchester United (Sep 2, 2012)
Robin Van Persie was the hero yet again for Manchester United as he scored two of his three goals in the last minutes of the game to rescue his team from the jaws of defeat. The 2-3 victory was his manager’s 1,000th league match in charge at the club and was won with a fantastic near-post header in the 90th minute.
Robin Van Persie – Arsenal vs. Blackburn (Feb 4, 2012)
The second hit-trick in the list from Robin Van Persie came while he was still with former club Arsenal. An early tap in got the ball rolling for Van Persie and his team mates after less than three minutes and after conceding from a free kick, the Dutchman side-footed his team in front again. By the time he got his third, the game was won as it made the score 6-1 before Thierry Henry finished Blackburn off and made it seven.
Carlos Tevez – Norwich vs. Manchester City (Apr 14, 2012)
This Carlos Tevez hat-trick helped his club Manchester City reduce a five point gap at the top of the table to just two points near the end of the 2011-12, season which they went on to win. The 6-1 thrashing saw team mate Sergio Aguero score two, one of which was assisted by his Argentinian countryman Tavez. The performance was slightly marred when the forward was booked for diving, but his prowess in front of goal more than made up for this on the day.
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