The Indian Super League (ISL) has been witness to some breathtaking hat-tricks ever since its inception in 2014. There have been as many as 25 instances of hat-tricks in the ISL since the inaugural edition and here, we’ll take a look at five players with the most number of hat-tricks in the history of the tournament.
The Canadian striker has been one of the most prolific goalscorers in ISL history. He has scored the most number of hat-tricks in the history of the league too. Hume has three hat-tricks to his name in the ISL. Two of those came in the 2015 season with Atletico de Kolkata and one came in the 2018-19 season when he represented the Kerala Blasters. The teams who were at the receiving ends of these assaults were Mumbai City FC, FC Pune City and Delhi Dynamos.
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The Columbian striker had turned into a fan favourite during the 2015 season while playing for Chennaiyin FC. Mendoza achieved the feat twice during the same season. His first hat-trick was against FC Goa which resulted in a 4-0 victory for the Blues. The second one was against Kerala Blasters and it was another big victory for Chennaiyin FC by a 4-1 margin. Mendoza racked up a total of 13 goals and three assists for Chennaiyin FC in that title winning season.
He also achieved the feat twice in the ISL. Dudu’s first hat-trick came while donning the FC Goa jersey in 2015 and it resulted in a huge 7-0 victory over Mumbai City FC for the Gaurs. His second hat-trick came in the following season while playing for Chennaiyin FC and it was NorthEast United FC who turned out to be the victims of Dudu’s onslaught. The Nigerian played a total of 32 matches in the ISL and scored 12 goals along with two assists.
The Indian football team striker is one of the three Indian players to have bagged a hat-trick in ISL history. Chhetri also has two hat-tricks to his name in this tournament. The first one came when he played for Mumbai City in 2015. NorthEast United lost the match by a 5-1 margin as a result of Chhetri’s brilliance. The second one was for Bengaluru FC in the 2018/19 season and they were victorious by a 3-1 margin against FC Pune City.
The highest goal scorer of all time in the ISL has two hat-tricks to his name as well. Corominas scored both of his hat-tricks in his debut ISL season in 2017-18. The first one helped FC Goa to earn a close win by a 4-3 margin against Bengaluru FC and the second one resulted in a clinical 5-2 victory over Kerala Blasters. Corominas has been a beast in the history of this League with 47 goals and 16 assists to his name in just 58 games.
Written by : Prasenjit Dey