Treble 17 - Zlatan Ibrahimovic adds to his career hat tricks with Man United
Zlatan Ibrahimovic made a small piece of personal history at Old Trafford on Thursday when he scored his first hat trick for Manchester United.
But the veteran striker is no stranger to trebles -- his haul vs. St Etienne, in United's 3-0 Europa League round-of-32 first-leg win, marked the 17th time in his career that he has scored three or more goals in a match.
Here, we list all of Ibrahimovic's hat tricks and ESPN FC correspondents pick five of the best from the 35-year-old's illustrious career.
|Sept. 4, 2004||Sweden||Malta||World Cup qualifier|
|April 17, 2005||Juventus||Lecce||Serie A|
|June 7, 2011||Sweden||Finland||Euro 2012 qualifier|
|March 3, 2012||AC Milan||Palermo||Serie A|
|Nov. 14, 2012||Sweden||England||International friendly|
|Dec. 11, 2012||PSG||Valenciennes||Ligue 1|
|Aug. 14, 2013||Sweden||Norway||International friendly|
|Oct. 23, 2013||PSG||Anderlecht||Champions League|
|Nov. 9, 2013||PSG||Nice||Ligue 1|
|Jan. 8, 2014||PSG||Brest||Coupe de France|
|Feb. 23, 2014||PSG||Toulouse||Ligue 1|
|Aug. 31, 2014||PSG||St Etienne||Ligue 1|
|March 20, 2015||PSG||Lorient||Ligue 1|
|April 8, 2015||PSG||St Etienne||Coupe de France|
|March 13, 2016||PSG||Troyes||Ligue 1|
|April 2, 2016||PSG||Nice||Ligue 1|
|Feb. 16, 2017||Man United||St Etienne||Europa League|
JUVENTUS 5-2 Lecce (Serie A -- April 17, 2005)
Ibrahimovic gave Juventus a 2-1 and 3-1 lead in a dramatic game against Zdenek Zeman's Lecce, who had taken the lead at the Stadio Delle Alpi. His third goal, scored eight minutes from time, helped seal a 5-2 win. It was Ibrahimovic's only hat trick for Juventus and helped them open up a three-point advantage over AC Milan with seven games of the season to go. The Bianconeri went on to win the title from the Rossoneri by seven points with Ibra contributing 16 goals in total. -- Ben Gladwell
AC MILAN 4-0 Palermo (Serie A -- March 3, 2012)
A red card in a 0-0 draw with Napoli had seen Ibrahimovic suspended for three games and he vented that pent-up anger to deliver the quickest treble since Francesco Totti's treble in 2009. It took Ibrahimovic just 35 minutes to find the back of the net three times at the Stadio Renzo Barbera as the Rossoneri won 4-0 to narrow the gap on league leaders Juventus. The Bianconeri nevertheless clinched the title, although Ibrahimovic got his hands on silverware anyway as the league's Capocannoniere with 28 goals. -- Gladwell
SWEDEN 4-2 England (International friendly -- Nov. 14, 2012)
They said he never did it against English teams -- until he did. During a friendly to open the Friends Arena in Solna, Ibrahimovic scored all four goals as the hosts ran out 4-2 winners. The most memorable moment came in added time when Ibrahimovic scored with the most outrageous long-range, bicycle-kick finish. There looked to be little immediate danger to England when Joe Hart headed clear after rushing off his line, but Ibrahimovic had other ideas, launching himself aerially to score a remarkable goal. -- Jonathan Johnson
Anderlecht 0-5 PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN (Champions League -- Oct. 23, 2013)
In a UEFA Champions League group stage match, Ibrahimovic's first was a simple enough tap-in but his second was a brilliantly improvised, back-heeled flick into the bottom corner. If that was not enough, he then thumped in a thunderbolt of a half volley to complete his hat trick. But he wasn't finished: To complete his quadruple, he finished off the post in the second half. -- Johnson
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN 5-0 St Etienne (Ligue 1 -- Aug. 31, 2014)
With good reason, Stephane Ruffier was glad to see the back of Ibrahimovic when he left France last summer. The former France goalkeeper suffered one of the most humiliating nights of his career at the hands of the talismanic striker, who scored with a thumping header, a cheeky finish after he took the ball around Ruffier, and an expertly-taken prod. To make matters worse for Ruffier, he scored a calamitous own goal! -- Johnson
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