Pedro leads Barcelona comeback with 9-minute hat trick

They call this time of the year the “season of giving,” but Barcelona winger Pedro seemed perfectly fine taking away three points from Getafe on Sunday.

With Barca down 2-0 in the first half, Pedro selfishly scored three goals in a span of just over eight minutes to turn the match on its head. Getafe, who to that point looked on their way to a special holiday upset win, never recovered from Pedro’s Christmas trick and ended up going home 5-2 losers. Ouch.

As for Pedro, that match ball will make for a nice gift to himself under the Christmas tree.


Luis Suarez makes history with Norwich hat trick


Canary killer Luis Suarez scored a first-half hat trick against Norwich in a span of just 20 minutes on Wednesday, making him the first Premier League player ever to score three hat tricks against the same side. Suarez previously scored two hatters against Norwich in April and September of last year.

The fact Suarez needed just five career meetings to accomplish this feat against the Canaries is simply astounding. The way he did so, too, is breathtaking. Suarez’s first goal was an audacious 40-yard strike that lobbed the keeper, while his third was a brilliant blend of control, technique and power, making a defender looks very silly in the process.

Watch Suarez’s goals below:

Just for good measure, the Uruguayan added a fourth goal in the second half with yet another masterfully taken direct free kick. That brought his career goalscoring tally against Norwich to 11 goals.

Suarez now leads the league in scoring with 13 goals, two more than Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero. And remember, Suarez sat out the first six games of the season for his bite attack on Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic last season.

Is there any doubt that he is the league’s best player at the moment?


Ronaldo passes Henry on all-time Champions League scoring list

Entering Real Madrid’s Champions League opener, the storyline to watch was whether or not Gareth Bale would make his UCL debut for Los Blancos, and how he would fare. Bale eventually did, coming on as a second-half substitute. However, it was that other $100 million man who stole all the spotlight on Tuesday, as Cristiano Ronaldo — fresh off a new contract extension with Real — netted a hat trick to move past Thierry Henry for fourth place on the all-time Champions League scoring list. 

Tied with Henry on 50 goals apiece to start the day, Ronaldo left the former Arsenal and Barcelona star behind him by scoring two goals in quick succession around the hour mark of the match. Both were as easy as they come for Ronaldo, who simply had to tap in on both occasions. To seal the hat trick, though, Ronaldo opened his box of tricks, making three Galatasaray defenders look like schoolboys with a few silky moves before going top shelf past keeper Fernando Muslera.

Just look at that last one again. And again. And a few more times:



Jozy Altidore’s hat trick extends USA winning streak


These international friendlies are supposed to be tune-ups for next year’s World Cup, but the United States probably wouldn’t mind if it started tomorrow.

The US is officially the hottest national team in the world, riding a team-record and current world-best 12-game winning streak after an impressive comeback over Bosnia and Herzegovina. Down 2-0 to the 13th-ranked team in FIFA, Jozy Altidore continued his national team revival with a sublime hat trick in the second half - adding an assist to boot - in leading the US to a 4-3 win.

For Altidore, it was the fifth straight national team match in which he’s scored, a first for any player in USMNT history. For the team, it was yet another confidence-booster in a win streak that dates back to June’s toppling of powerhouse Germany. The US is now just three wins shy of the world’s all-time record, held by Spain (that streak, oh by the way, was snapped by the US in 2009)

After setting up Eddie Johnson for the USA’s first strike, Altidore opened his account with this classy finish:

Full of confidence, Altidore next proved he can also master dead ball situations. Have the US found a new free kick specialist?

Up 3-2 now, Altidore’s third would prove to be decisive, as Bosnia and Herzegovina later added a third goal of their own:

Hey, Premier League, were you watching?


Lionel Messi scores hat-trick, passes Maradona on Argentina scoring list

Guessing the tax scandal hasn’t been much of a distraction for Lionel Messi, at least not on the field.

Messi scored three of Argentina’s four goals in an easy friendly win over Guatemala last night, pushing him ahead of legend Diego Maradona on the all-time scoring list and into second place, where he is tied with Hernan Crespo on 35 goals.

So who does Messi have left to catch? The one and only Gabriel Batistuta! “Batigol” tops the list with 56 golazos, so Messi still has quite a bit of work to do in that department.