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Hat-trick Heroes: La Liga 21 - PSL 3

Football is entertainment; and arguably the most important factor is goals!

Although there are many factors that lead to a lack of attendance, I do feel that one of the major draw cards is goals scored.

The Premier Soccer League has lacked quality strikers for a number of years, which has been well documented, and I thought it would be interesting to look at the stats when it comes to one of the biggest attacking achievements for a player - the hat-trick.

In the 2014/15 PSL season, we witnessed just three hat-tricks in the PSL.

Subusiso Vilakazi bagged a treble against Ajax Cape Town in December 2014, while Mogakolodi Ngele put three past Pirates in a thrilling draw back in April 2015. Eleazar Rodgers was the only other player to tuck away three chances when he helped Platinum Stars to a 4-2 win over AmaZulu in November 2014.

The Serie A produced six hat-tricks last season - which fits the description of the Italian league being one of the toughest defensively.

French Ligue 1 follows with nine trebles - four of which were scored by Paris Saint-Germaine, and two of those came via Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The English Premier League produced 10 trebles - with Sergio Aguero of Manchester City being the only player to achieve the feat more than once, scoring hat-tricks against Tottenham Hotspur and Queens Park Rangers.

La Liga had the most hat-tricks out of these leagues - with a mammoth 21 being scored in 2014/15. Lionel Messi celebrated five hat-tricks while Cristiano Ronaldo smashed in eight trebles.

Looking at this info, it is clear to see why so many fans label La Liga as the best league - while Ronaldo and Messi stand out head and shoulders above the rest as the best attacking players in world football.

Looking at the start of the PSL season, do you think SA football will produce more entertainment in terms of goals this time around?


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