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.