The Premier League has been graced by some exceptional Nigerian talent over the years, with a handful of players leaving their mark by scoring memorable hat-tricks.
These stellar performances showcase the skill and prowess of Nigerian footballers on the grand stage of English football.
Yakubu Aiyegbeni, commonly known as Yakubu, is one of Nigeria's most prolific strikers in Premier League history. During his time with clubs like Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Everton, and Blackburn Rovers, Yakubu displayed a keen eye for goal.
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In November 2004, while playing for Portsmouth, Yakubu netted a memorable hat-trick against Middlesbrough, cementing his place in Premier League folklore.
Obafemi Martins electrified Premier League fans with his blistering pace and clinical finishing during his stint with Newcastle United. In February 2007, Martins showcased his scoring prowess by bagging a hat-trick against Tottenham Hotspur.
His memorable performance endeared him to the Newcastle faithful and remains etched in Premier League history.
Efan Ekoku made history as the first Nigerian player to score a hat-trick in the Premier League. Playing for Norwich City in September 1993, Ekoku achieved this feat in a memorable encounter against Everton.
His stellar performance propelled Norwich City to a resounding 5-1 victory, etching his name in the annals of Premier League records.
Kanu Nwankwo, affectionately known as Kanu, is revered as one of Nigeria's greatest football exports. The talismanic striker enjoyed a distinguished career in the Premier League, representing clubs like Arsenal and Portsmouth.
In October 1999, while donning the Arsenal jersey, Kanu showcased his exceptional skill and composure by netting a hat-trick against Chelsea, leaving fans in awe of his talent.
Peter Odemwingie made waves in the Premier League with his dynamic attacking play and goal-scoring prowess.
While playing for West Bromwich Albion, Odemwingie etched his name in Premier League history by scoring a memorable hat-trick against Wolverhampton Wanderers in February 2012. His clinical finishing and footballing intelligence endeared him to fans across the league.