Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang makes HISTORY by becoming the FIRST player of the 21st century to score hat-tricks in the Premier League, Ligue 1, Bundesliga and now La Liga after a superb three-goal performance for Barcelona against Valencia on Sunday
Barcelona striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has made history after becoming the first player to score hat-tricks in four of Europe’s top leagues in the 21st century.
The 32-year-old, who is only making his third appearance for the Catalans, netted three times in Barca’s 4-1 win over Valencia on Sunday after the referee ruled the former player Arsenal had scored in place of teammate Pedri.
The three-goal performance means Aubameyang is the first player since the turn of the century to score hat-tricks in the Premier League, Ligue 1, Bundesliga and now La Liga.
Barcelona striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made history after his performance on Sunday
He is the first player to score hat-tricks in the Premier League, Ligue 1, Bundesliga and LaLiga in the 21st century
Barca’s fourth goal at the Mestalla was initially credited to Pedri but has since been changed to the Gabon striker.
His first hat-trick in European football came while playing for Saint-Etienne in February 2012 against Lorient, where he scored three times just two months after signing permanently with the Ligue 1 club.
However, after moving to Borussia Dortmund a year later, Aubameyang didn’t take long to start in Germany.
His first hat-trick in European football came while playing for Saint-Etienne in February 2012
On his Bundesliga debut for Dortmund against FC Augsburg, he scored a memorable hat-trick
On his Bundesliga debut against FC Augsburg, he scored a memorable hat-trick including a goal on his first shot in the league.
Then, after joining Arsenal in January 2018 for £56million, Aubameyang had to wait over three years for a Premier League treble.
He scored three times in the Europa League in May 2019 – ironically against Valencia – but his first three domestically came last February, in a 4-2 win over Leeds played behind closed doors.
His first Premier League three-goal display came last February, in a win over Leeds
Aubameyang has now won match ball in four different major European leagues
And now, after his strikes on Sunday, Aubameyang has won match ball in four different major European leagues.
The result puts Barca back in fourth place in La Liga, level on points with Atletico Madrid having played one less game.
Aubameyang moved to Barca on a free transfer on deadline day in January after falling out of favor under Gunners boss Mikel Arteta.