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The nine players to have scored hat-tricks on the Premier League’s opening weekend

Mohamed Salah began the new season in perfect style with an opening day hat-trick for Liverpool against Leeds, the Egyptian’s treble seeing him join an exclusive club of Premier League stars.

Just nine players in the division’s illustrious history have opened the season with a treble, but just who are the opening day hat-trick heroes to have taken home the match ball?

Here are the nine players to have scored a hat-trick on the Premier League’s opening weekend:

Micky Quinn – 1993

The first player to achieve the feat was Coventry City forward Micky Quinn, who notched a treble in his side’s shock 3-0 win over Arsenal way back in 1993.

Arsenal were expected to be amongst the contenders despite a disappointing 10th-placed finish the previous season, but their campaign could hardly have begun worse after Quinn’s hat-trick silenced Highbury.

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Beer bellied striker Quinn, who once famously claimed he could beat Linford Christie over a yard, opened his account via the penalty-spot, before beating David Seaman twice more in the second half to seal a surprise win for the Midlands side.

Matthew Le Tissier – 1995

The Southampton legend boasts arguably the best individual highlight reel in Premier League history, but sadly has the unwanted record of being the only player to hit an opening day hat-trick in defeat.

Le Tissier’s strikes all came from set-pieces, twice from the penalty spot before curling home a free-kick, though his efforts were in vain as the Saints fell to a 4-3 defeat to Nottingham Forest at The Dell.

Remarkably, the Southampton star had also hit a hat-trick in defeat on the final day of the 1992/93 season, the only player in Premier League history to have achieved the feat twice.

Kevin Campbell – 1996

Having conceded an opening day hat-trick the previous season, Nottingham Forest scored one of their own on the opening day of the 1996/97 campaign.

Kevin Campbell was the hero for Forest, netting all three goals as they beat Coventry City 3-0 to start the new season in impressive fashion.

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However, Campbell’s hat-trick proved to be a rare highlight in a disappointing season, Forest finishing bottom of the Premier League and being relegated that year.

Fabrizio Ravanelli – 1996

Hitting an opening day hat-trick might be one thing, to do it on your debut for your new club is another matter entirely.

Fabrizio Ravanelli announced his arrival at Middlesbrough in spectacular style, the £7m big-money signing from Champions League winners Juventus hitting three in a thrilling opening day draw with Liverpool

Liverpool thrice took the lead on Teeside, only for Ravanelli to respond each time and instantly endear himself to his new supporters.

Ravanelli’s 16 goals that season were not enough to save his new club, however, and like Campbell at Forest that same season, an opening day hat-trick ended in relegation.

Dion Dublin – 1997

Coventry City hold the honour of being the only club in Premier League history to have scored two opening day hat-tricks, as Dion Dublin celebrated the return of England’s top flight with a treble against Chelsea in 1997.

Dublin’s goals helped Coventry twice come from behind to beat the west London side at Highfield Road, a brace of headers followed by a superb half-volleyed finish.

The forward’s hat-trick was part of 18 goals scored that season, enough to see him share the Premier League’s Golden Boot alongside Blackburn’s Chris Sutton and Liverpool’s Michael Owen.

Gabriel Agbonlahor – 2008

After four opening day hat-tricks in just three seasons, there was over a decade wait before Aston Villa’s Agbonlahor joined the exclusive club in 2008.

Agbonlahor achieved the feat in a remarkable seven-minute spell, hitting a perfect hat-trick to blow away Manchester City in an entertaining 4-2 win at Villa Park.

The then 21-year-old scored with his right-foot, left-foot and head in a perfect start to the season, ruining City boss Mark Hughes’ first game in charge of the club.

City’s disappointment was short-lived, however, as just weeks later Sheikh Mansour completed his billionaire takeover of the club to usher in a new dawn of success at the Etihad.

Didier Drogba – 2010

Chelsea icon Didier Drogba got his club’s season up and running in 2010, firing a hat-trick as Carlo Ancelotti’s side hit West Bromwich Albion for six at Stamford Bridge.

His opener was a fine free-kick, before scoring from close range and completing his treble courtesy of a deflection. Chelsea’s final game of the previous season had been an 8-0 thrashing of Wigan as they secured the title, a game in which Drogba also scored a hat-trick.

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The Ivorian forward’s treble meant he scored hat-tricks in two consecutive Premier League games, one of just six players – alongside the likes of Thierry Henry and Wayne Rooney – to have achieved the feat.

Raheem Sterling – 2019

Raheem Sterling joined this list of hat-trick heroes courtesy of a treble at West Ham on the opening day of last season, the Manchester City star producing a clinical performance as Pep Guardiola’s side ran riot in the capital.

West Ham struggled to live with the England international, who scored the third Premier League hat-trick of his career in City’s emphatic 5-0 win at the London Stadium.

Sterling’s haul also saw him score his 50th league goal for City, becoming the sixth player to achieve the feat for the club in the Premier League era.

Mohamed Salah – 2020

Mohamed Salah began the new season in fine fashion this weekend by netting a treble against newly-promoted Leeds, the forward’s superb showing ensuring the champions edged a thriller at Anfield.

Liverpool were made to work for three points in a hugely entertaining clash on Merseyside, the visitors shading the possession and thrice coming from behind to level.

Salah, however, provided a reminder of just why he is regarded as one of the Premier League’s finest footballers, scoring three times including two penalties to take an early lead in the race for the Golden Boot.

The Egyptian finished as the division’s leading scorer in back-to-back seasons in 2018 and 2019, and looks likely to feature highly in the scoring charts once more based on this form.

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