10 of the craziest Premier League facts: Part 1
- Some of the most interesting facts about the richest league in the world
Since its inception 25 years ago, the Premier League has gone on to become the most entertaining league if not the best one in the world. From the all-conquering Manchester United teams under Sir Alex Ferguson to Arsenal’s Invincibles to Leicester’s stunning against-the-odds victory in 2015/16, the Premier League has seen it all.
Yet the league still manages to provide countless more surprises. Among the “Big 5 leagues” which include countries like England, Spain, Germany, Italy, and France, the Premier League generates the highest revenue with around 5.8 billion Euros in the 2016/17 season.
Therefore, for all the Premier League fans, here are 10 crazy facts:
#10 Set-Piece Hattricks
'Set pieces' in footballing terms are used to refer to free-kicks and penalty kicks. So, when Wayne Rooney in 2011 and Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier in 1995 scored their hattricks, they had done so in a unique manner. Both players scored their goals entirely from set pieces.
Le Tissier opened his scoring via a free kick and completed his hattrick scoring twice from the penalty spot but still, he was unable to prevent his side from losing 3-4 to Nottingham Forest.
Rooney, on the other hand, managed to come out on the winning side in the famous 8-2 defeat of Arsenal at Old Trafford in 2011. Curling in two beautiful free kicks, United’s record-breaking scorer calmly slotted from the spot to complete his hattrick and rub salt into Arsenal’s wounds.