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Sterling joins opening day hat-trick kings

10 Aug 2019
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Man City winger becomes only eighth player to hit a treble on Matchweek 1 and first since 2010

As well as the match ball and the Man of the Match trophy Raheem Sterling took back to Manchester a Premier League mark not achieved in nine years.

The Manchester City winger claimed a hat-trick in the 5-0 win at West Ham United.

The last time that a player had hit three goals on the opening weekend was Didier Drogba.

The Chelsea striker struck a treble in a 6-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion on 14 August 2010.

Opening-weekend PL hat-tricks
Player Season Club Opponent
Mick Quinn 1993/94 COV ARS
Matt Le Tissier 1995/96 SOU NFO
Kevin Campbell 1996/97 NFO COV
Fabrizio Ravanelli 1996/97 MID LIV
Dion Dublin 1997/98 COV CHE
Gabriel Agbonlahor 2008/09 AVL MCI
Didier Drogba 2010/11 CHE WBA
Raheem Sterling 2019/20 MCI WHU

Sterling became only the eighth player to hit a hat-trick in Matchweek 1 of a Premier League season, but he felt that a winning start to City’s title defence and a clean sheet were more important.

"It feels good but the important thing today was starting well as a team and getting the win and the three points," Sterling told CityTV.

"That’s what we’ve done and it’s a great way to start the season.”

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