And players making their Premier League debut in the 2018/19 season will be trying to emulate the Italian's unique feat when the new campaign starts on 10 August.
Bought from Juventus as Middlesbrough's then record signing, Ravanelli announced his arrival in style with three goals in a thrilling opening-day draw with Liverpool.
As well as gaining instant hero status in the hearts of Boro fans, "the White Feather" set a record that stands to this day.
Ravanelli's hat-trick is the first and only opening weekend hat-trick scored by a player making his PL debut.
He is one of four players to have scored two MW1 goals on their maiden Premier League appearance.
|Fabrizio Ravanelli||3||MID v LIV||1996/97|
|Alen Boksic||2||COV v MID||2000/01|
|Sergio Aguero||2||MCI v SWA||2011/12|
|Mladen Petric||2||FUL v NOR||2012/13|
|Michu||2||QPR v SWA||2012/13|
Part 1: The impossible job: Compiling the fixture list
Part 2: How the Premier League fixture list is compiled
Part 3: Can 2018/19 live up to last season's opening salvo?
Part 4: Arsenal the place for goals on opening day
Part 6: Can debutant managers start with a bang?
Part 7: Man Utd kings of the opening weekend
Part 8: Aguero eyes record for opening weekends
Part 9: Mourinho points the way for managers on opening day