The Liga BBVA set out to make history this season and it is doing so in style. Alexis Sánchez, of FC Barcelona, and Ikechukwu Uche, of Villarreal CF, were the latest to join the goal-festand, for the first time sincethe 1996/97 season, a hat-trick has been scored on six matchdays on the trot.
So far this campaign, 14 hat-tricks have been scored, ten of them coming between matchday 13 and 18. It is a record for the Liga BBVA to be proud of as no other league in the world has equalled it.
The first to achieve the feat this season was Lionel Messi, who did so against Valencia CF on the 1st of September and, since then, twelve different players have taken the match-ball home with them after finding the opposition's net three times. The only player to have done it more than once was Cristiano Ronaldo, who put three past Sevilla on matchday 5 and did the same against Real Sociedad two weeks later.
HAT-TRICK SCORERS IN THE LIGA BBVA THIS SEASON
Matchday 3: Lionel Messi, against Valencia CF
Matchday 4: Mounir El Hamdaoui, against Rayo Vallecano
Matchday 5: Pedro Rodríguez, against Rayo Vallecano
Matchday 11: Cristiano Ronaldo, against Sevilla FC
Matchday 13: Cristiano Ronaldo, against Real Sociedad de Fútbol; Youssef El Arabi, against Málaga CF
Matchday 14: Carlos Vela, against RC Celta de Vigo; Sergio García against Rayo Vallecano
Matchday 15: Gareth Bale, against Real Valladolid CF; Jonas Gonçalves, against CA Osasuna
Matchday 16: Javi Guerra, against RC Celta de Vigo
Matchday 17: Pedro Rodríguez, against Getafe CF
Matchday 18: Alexis Sánchez, against Elche CF; Ikechukwu Uche against Rayo Vallecano