Raheem Sterling has joined Didier Drogba and Gabriel Agbonlahor as the players to have scored a hat-trick on the opening weekend of a Premier League season.
The England international achieved this feat as Manchester City spanked West Ham United 5-0 with Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero completing the rout.
Coventry City’s Micky Quinn was the first player to achieve this after hitting three in the 3-0 demolition of Arsenal at Highburg on August 14, 1993.
It was Matthew Le Tissier’s turn in 1995 in a losing mission as Southampton were beaten 4-3 by Nottingham Forest. The following season, Kevin Campbell became the third player after hitting all three goals as Nottingham Forest won 3-0 at Coventry City.
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After Fabrizio Ravanelli and Dion Dublin, Agbonlahor joined the list after his treble helped Aston Villa tear apart Manchester City 4-2 at Villa Park.
In 2010, newly promoted West Bromwich Albion suffered a 6-0 obliteration against Chelsea with Didier Drogba taking home the match ball with three goals.
With Sterling’s feat against the Hammers, he becomes the player with the most recent hat-trick scored on the opening weekend in England’s top-flight.
Victory for Pep Guardiola’s men fired them to the summit of the league above Liverpool on goal difference.