Scoring a hat-trick is a milestone moment for any of the game’s greatest goalscorers, netting three times to leave the field with the prized possession of the match ball.
Throughout the Premier League era we’ve seen some truly top talents enjoy goalscoring performances to savour, including many notable names to have turned out in the colours of Chelsea.
We’ve decided to look back at west London side’s list of hat-trick heroes throughout the modern era, here are the 19 players to have scored a Premier League hat-trick for Chelsea:
Gavin Peacok became one of Glenn Hoddle’s first signings at Chelsea and whilst his goalscoring record was modest throughout a three-year spell with the Blues, he enjoyed an afternoon to remember to score the club’s first Premier League hat-trick against Middlesbrough in 1996.
In a performance that saw Hoddles’ footballing vision take full effect at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea thrashed a Middlesbrough side heading to the capital in woeful form as Peacock helped himself to a treble in an emphatic 5-0 victory.
Chelsea – boosted by a commanding performance from Ruud Gullit in midfield – took the lead as Peacock volleyed home a half-cleared corner, before the forward netted his side’s third following Gullit’s square pass.
Peacock’s third came after racing onto a long ball, his hat-trick the first scored by a Chelsea player in six years. Peacock moved into punditry after he retired, before taking an unusual career path for a former footballer, moving to Canada to become a Christian Minister.
Mark Hughes netted Chelsea’s second Premier League hat-trick just two months after Peacock’s treble, scoring three times as Leeds were put to the sword at Stamford Bridge.
The Welshman opened his account with an acrobatic effort, before powering home a header after John Spencer had doubled the home side’s tally.
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Hughes’ third came from the penalty spot, drilling a low effort past the goalkeeper after Spencer had been clumsily brought down inside the penalty area.
Chelsea were subjected to a foreign revolution in the mid-nineties with a host of marquee names transforming the club’s fortunes, amongst them Italian forward Gianluca Vialli.
Vialli had won a wealth of honours including two league titles during spells at the likes of Parma and Juventus before heading to English football, joining an exciting side under the management of former star Ruud Gullit.
The forward endured a difficult relationship with the Dutchman but often proved his class when called upon, including a four-goal haul as Barnsley were hit for six during the opening weeks of the 1997/98 season.
His first was a wonderfully hit strike as he lashed home a bouncing ball without breaking stride, before his predatory instincts were on show as he headed home a second from close range.
Vialli clipped a third over the onrushing goalkeeper before smashing home his fourth, becoming the first Chelsea player to score four times in a Premier League fixture.
The little genius remains an idolised figure amongst the Chelsea faithful following a sensational seven-year spell with the club, Zola producing magical moments on an almost weekly basis for much of his time in English football.
Zola was often the inspiration behind the club’s renaissance as competitors for silverware in the late nineties and scored his first professional hat-trick against Derby County during the 1997/98 season.
The Italian drilled home his first from outside of the penalty area before turning home his own rebound from close range to make it two, completing his hat-trick after racing clear and slotting past Mart Poom to put the gloss on a 4-0 victory at Stamford Bridge.
Tore Andre Flo
Chelsea secured their biggest ever away win against London opposition when they thrashed Tottenham at White Hart Lane in December 1997, with forward Tore Andre Flo netting the club’s third hat-trick of the campaign.
A tight contest was poised finely at 1-1 at the interval, only for Chelsea to blow their north London opponents away in a humiliating second period for the home side.
ON THIS DAY: In 1997, Chelsea thrashed Tottenham 6-1 at White Hart Lane.
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Flo scored three times in addition to goals from Roberto Di Matteo, Dan Petrescu and Mark Nicholls, his third coming with a fine chipped effort late on as the Spurs fans who loyally remained inside the ground watched on in despair.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
No player has ever scored more Premier League hat-tricks for Chelsea than Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, the thunder-thighed hitman netting three trebles during a goal-laden period with the west London outfit.
Hasselbaink’s first match ball came after a devastating display against Coventry City in 2000, the visitors hopelessly outclassed as the forward hit four on his way to winning the Premier League’s Golden Boot during a prolific debut campaign at Stamford Bridge.
The Dutchman also scored a sensational perfect hat-trick in a memorable 4-0 thrashing of Tottenham two years later, before netting three times as a substitute to mark his 32nd birthday against Wolves in 2004.
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That final treble saw Hasselbaink reach a century in English football over spells at Leeds and Chelsea, becoming the first foreign player to reach 100 Premier League goals.
One of the few players from the pre-Roman Abramovich era to remain an important figure following the club’s billionaire investment, Eidur Gudjohnsen enjoyed a productive stint at Chelsea, scoring 78 goals over six seasons and winning two Premier League titles.
A creative and classy deep-lying forward, the Icelandic international scored his sole top flight treble against Blackburn during Chelsea’s first title-winning season under Jose Mourinho, combining brilliantly with Joe Cole to open the scoring.
Gudjohnsen then got in behind the visitor’s defence to score a second following Frank Lampard’s long pass, before sealing the match ball with a confident penalty after being brought down by Craig Short.
Didier Drogba sits rightly amongst the pantheon of Chelsea heroes following an unforgettable career in the club’s colours, so often proving the decisive figure on the biggest of stages
Drogba won four league titles over two spells and played an influential role in a succession of cup triumphs, including starring as Chelsea became the first London side to win the Champions League in 2012.
The Ivorian scored a joint-record three Premier League hat-tricks during his time at Stamford Bridge, including becoming one of just five players in the division’s history to score trebles in consecutive fixtures.
The first of those came during an 8-0 thrashing of Wigan Athletic that secured the league title in 2010, sealing the first part of the club’s first ever domestic double under Carlo Ancelotti.
The greatest goalscorer in Chelsea history and the fifth-highest of all-time in the Premier League, there will be few surprised to see Frank Lampard’s name appear on this list.
Lampard developed a reputation as the finest goalscoring midfielder of his generation during a prolific career at Stamford Bridge, ghosting forward from a midfield position and finishing in the style of the division’s best forwards.
He scored 211 goals in all competitions for Chelsea and netted three Premier League hat-tricks, the first coming against a Derby County side that recorded the division’s lowest-ever points total in 2008.
Lampard’s second came in a 7-1 thrashing of Aston Villa in 2010 – the midfielder passing the 150-goal mark for the Blues with a four-goal haul – before scoring a third league hat-trick the following year, scoring three times in a resounding 5-1 victory at Bolton.
Nicolas Anelka enjoyed the most settled period of his nomadic career at Chelsea and became the club’s 10th different hat-trick scorer during a 5-0 hammering of Sunderland in 2008.
That season saw the Frenchman win the Premier League’s Golden Boot and he could hardly have been presented with a simpler treble, each coming from close range – his first a strike that would have VAR advocates shaking with anger, a seemingly offside Anelka bundling in a goal-bound effort from teammate Alex.
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Anelka’s treble also leaves him as one of just five players to have scored a Premier League hat-trick for three different clubs, joining Kevin Campbell, Les Ferdinand, Teddy Sheringham and Yakubu after also netting trebles for both Arsenal and Manchester City.
Salomon Kalou may never have scored prolifically during his time in the Premier League, but he did become a hat-trick goalscorer for Chelsea during a 7-0 thumping of Stoke in 2010.
It was incredibly the third time Chelsea had scored 7+ goals in a Premier League fixture that season and each contained a hat-trick, with Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba also securing the match ball in convincing wins over Aston Villa (7-1) and Wigan (8-0) respectively.
Kalou became just the third Blues player, after Vialli and Hasselbaink, to score a perfect hat-trick of left foot, right foot and header, a feat matched by compatriot Drogba just two fixtures later.
Fernando Torres’ move to Chelsea remains one of the most notorious transfers in Premier League history, signing in a British transfer-record deal from rivals Liverpool before enduring a sharp fall from grace.
The Spaniard failed to replicate the form he had showed on Merseyside for much of his time in the capital, but provided a reminder of his talents with a clinical hat-trick against QPR in 2012.
Torres scored three times in a 6-1 victory for the Blues at Stamford Bridge, his treble his fourth since moving to English football having netted a hat-trick of hat-tricks during a rather more prolific spell at Anfield.
Samuel Eto’o was perhaps past his brilliant best upon arriving in the Premier League at Chelsea, but rolled back the years in stunning style during a clash against Manchester United in 2014.
The Cameroon forward helped himself to a hat-trick to seal a 3-1 victory at Stamford Bridge, his first taking a heavy deflection on its way past David De Gea as the Blues piled the pressure on David Moyes’ and his visiting side.
Eto’o had his second before the break before turning in his third from close range shortly after the interval, Javier Hernandez’ goal for the Red Devils proving little consolation.
There are few players who have captivated quite like Eden Hazard in a Chelsea shirt, with the first of the winger’s two Premier League hat-tricks coming after a virtuoso performance against Newcastle in 2014.
Hazard’s fleet-footed style tormented the visiting defence on the way to a 3-0 victory for the Blues, sweeping home a first before starting and finishing a fantastic flowing move to double his tally.
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The Belgian confidently rolled home his first league hat-trick from the penalty spot, adding another treble with a similarly destructive display against Cardiff City four years later.
Less than a month after Hazard’s first treble for the club came another new hat-trick scorer, Andre Schurrle scoring three times in a 3-1 victory at west London rivals Fulham.
It was the highlight of an otherwise underwhelming spell in the Premier League for the Germany international, who enjoyed a bright start before falling out-of-favour and returning to the Bundesliga, later returning to England with a loan spell at Fulham.
Schurrle’s treble saw him become just the third German to net a Premier League hat-trick, following in the footsteps of Fredi Bobic and Jurgen Klinsmann.
Premier League defences were often left battered and bruised after encounters with Diego Costa, who enjoyed a superb three-season spell as Chelsea’s tigerish and tempestuous talisman.
The Brazil-born Spain international twice fired the west London side to Premier League title success and scored a hugely impressive 52 league goals in just 89 appearances, including a hat-trick in a 4-2 win over Swansea in 2014.
His treble came just four games after arriving from Atletico Madrid and demonstrated all the attributes that made Costa a firm fans’ favourite, bullying the Swans defence and finding himself in the right place at the right time.
He headed home a first to score an equaliser after Swansea had threatened to cause a shock with an early goal, before turning home two close-range finishes to claim a first ever Premier League match ball.
Just as his compatriot Torres had before him, Spanish striker Alvaro Morata struggled to convince following a club-record move to Chelsea from Real Madrid.
He did, however, enjoy a fine start to his career in English football and scored six goals in his first six appearances, including a clinical hat-trick during a thumping 4-0 win at Stoke, each of his goals an example of fine finishing ability.
Sadly for club and player, his form did not last and he fell out-of-favour before returning to Spain.
It may not quite have worked out for Morata at Chelsea, but he at least passed the Premier League’s acid test of a cold, wet day in the Potteries with flying colours.
Tammy Abraham became just the third Englishman to score a Premier League hat-trick for Chelsea last season, the academy graduate having been handed his opportunity by manager Frank Lampard.
Abraham had honed his talents during loan spells at Bristol City, Swansea and Aston Villa, but after firing the latter to promotion to the Premier League was handed the club’s number nine shirt.
The youngster failed to disappoint during a first full campaign that delivered 18 goals in all competitions, including a hat-trick in a 5-2 win at Wolves that also saw goals from fellow youngsters Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori.
Abraham also inadvertently put through his own net in an eventful performance, though it likely mattered little to a player who had finally arrived on English football’s biggest stage.
Chelsea’s most recent hat-trick scorer is Christian Pulisic, who announced himself to the Premier League with a perfect treble in victory at Burnley last season.
The US international had enjoyed a slow start after arriving from Borussia Dortmund but burst into life at Turf Moor, his pace and purpose terrorising the home defence as he picked up possession in dangerous areas before driving at the backline.
Pulisic scored his first with his left foot before adding another with his right following a driving run, glancing home Mason Mount’s cross for his hat-trick as the Blues secured a 4-2 victory.
It was a breakthrough performance for the winger, who grew in stature and confidence during an impressive debut campaign at Stamford Bridge.