Matheus Cunha made headlines this weekend after scoring a Premier League hat-trick in Wolves’ win at Chelsea.
Cunha became only the fourth visiting player to score a Premier League treble against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, and just the sixth Brazilian to score a hat-trick in England’s top division.
Following the forward’s feat, we remember every Brazilian to score a Premier League hat-trick.
Afonso Alves is often cited as one of the Premier League’s great flops, and arguably the poster boy for Eredivisie imports that failed to make the grade in English football.
Alves was, in truth, a major disappointment, having arrived at Middlesbrough from Heerenveen with a stupidly good goal record. The Brazilian looked set to follow in the lineage of Brazilians to represent ‘Boro in the Premier League, joining Juninho and Emerson as exotic expats who took up residence in the North East.
He scored six times in his first 11 league appearances, which included a hat-trick as Middlesbrough humiliated Manchester City 8-1 on the final day of the 2007/08 season.
That summer, Manchester City hit the jackpot as Sheikh Mansour bought out the club, while Alves lasted just one more modest season at the Riverside before being shipped out to Al-Sadd.
Things can change pretty quickly in football.
Speaking of the billionaire-backed blues…
Robinho was the headline signing on an incredible transfer deadline day in 2008, with the news of Manchester City’s Abu Dhabi-led investment barely public knowledge when the Real Madrid superstar pitched up at Eastlands.
The Citizens spent a British record £32m to land the Brazilian wonderkid, the first exciting import of a new era at the Etihad. Robinho failed to hit the heights expected during 18 months in England, though scored 15 goals in all competitions for the club. Among them was a hat-trick, in a 3-0 home win over Stoke City.
Roberto Firmino is the only Brazilian to have scored multiple hat-tricks in the Premier League, having netted trebles for Liverpool against Arsenal and Watford.
Firmino’s first came in a 5-1 thrashing of Arsenal at Anfield during the 2018/19 campaign, as Jurgen Klopp’s side came from behind to thrash the Gunners. Firmino’s first cancelled out Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ opener for the visitors before the South American slalomed his way through several defensive challenges to score a sensational second. He completed his treble from the penalty spot.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 29, 2022
The Brazilian’s second match ball was won during a 5-0 hammering of Watford in 2021. Firmino hit a hat-trick as the Reds routed Watford at Vicarage Road, with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah also on target as Liverpool’s fabled front three ran riot.
Lucas Moura’s hat-trick helped Tottenham to a 4-0 win over already-relegated Huddersfield Town during the 2018/19 season.
Moura scored his first just 144 seconds after Victor Wanyama’s opener for the North London side, before completing his hat-trick late on with a second from Christian Eriksen’s cross and a thumping third.
Less than a month later, Moura scored an iconic treble on the European stage. He scored three times in the final 35 minutes as Spurs came from 3-0 down on aggregate to beat Ajax on away goals in the Champions League semi-finals.
Gabriel Jesus became the first, and so far only, Brazilian to score FOUR goals in a Premier League fixture as Manchester City beat Watford 5-1 in 2022.
Jesus has been accused of not being a natural goalscorer but he showed his attacking instincts as the Citizens swatted aside the Hornets at the Etihad.
He opened the scoring after four minutes and had his second before the half-hour, before completing his first hat-trick in English football with a penalty four minutes into the second half.
There was still time for a fourth, as Jesus more than doubled his total for the entire season. The forward had scored just three times in 23 Premier League appearances that season before his four-goal destruction of Watford.
Matheus Cunha has become the sixth Brazilian to score a Premier League hat-trick after netting three times in Wolves’ win at Chelsea.
Wolves came from behind to beat the West Londoners at Stamford Bridge, with Cunha cancelling out an opener from Cole Palmer with a deflected effort that wrong-footed Chelsea keeper Djordje Petrovic.
Matheus’ hat-trick 😍🎩 pic.twitter.com/S6XtfBo9TH
— Wolves (@Wolves) February 4, 2024
His second arrived after firing in from a cut-back from Pedro Neto, before completing his treble from the penalty spot. The Brazilian became only the second Wolves player to score a Premier League hat-trick, after Diogo Jota vs Leicester in 2019.