Ronaldo's on the hat-trick trail but how does Premier League treble tally compare to past seasons?

The hat-tricks are coming thick and fast in the Premier League so does that mean goals have been easier to come by this season?

Cristiano Ronaldo bagged a hat-trick on Saturday as Manchester United sneaked past Norwich City 3-2 to keep their top-four dreams alive. 

Not only was it Ronaldo's second hat-trick in three games (and 60th of his career), it was also the fourth hat-trick since the start of March, with Ivan Toney and Heung-min Son having also bagged trebles.

It took the hat-trick tally for the season to 11 with around one-sixth of the season still to play.

But how does that compare to previous Premier League seasons?

Planet Sport takes a look.

Most hat-tricks in a Premier League season

Wayne Rooney hat-trick Man Utd Sep11

The most Premier League hat-tricks in a season is 19 which occurred in 1993/94 and 2011/12. However, the 2011/12 season takes the crown, with only 380 games played as opposed to 462 in 1992/93 when the Premier League was still 22 clubs.

Two of those hat-tricks were back-to-back trebles from Wayne Rooney, one of only five players to have scored hat-tricks in successive Premier League games - Les Ferdinand, Ian Wright, Didier Drogba and Harry Kane (twice) being the others.

The high number of trebles in 2011/12 also correlates with the second-most goals scored in a Premier League campaign, with the season seeing 1,066 at an average of 2.81 per game.

Only 2018/19 saw more, with 1,072 goals scored at an average of 2.82. However, that season only featured 11 hat-tricks.

With 65 games still to play in the Premier League in 2021/22 there have been 877 goals at an average of 2.78 per game.

Fewest hat-tricks in a Premier League season

Peter crouch Liverpool hat-trick vs Arsenal Mar07

Since the Premier League was reduced to 20 teams in 1995/96 there have been 313 hat-tricks at an average of 11.6 per season.

The fewest hat-tricks were recorded in the 2006/07 season when just three players - Rooney, Didier Drogba and Peter Crouch - scored three times in the same game. Crouch's hat-trick, for Liverpool against Arsenal, was a perfect hat-trick, comprising a goal with his right food, one with his left and a header. Thirty-five players have achieved the feat.

The 2006/07 season also had the lowest goals scored of any Premier League season; 931 and at average of 2.45 a game.

The following season there were 15 hat-tricks.

Most individual hat-tricks in Premier League history

Sergio Aguero Man City hat-trick Oct14

Former Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero holds the record for the most Premier League hat-tricks, with 12. Alan Shearer netted 11, while Harry Kane is Aguero's nearest active challenger, with eight top-flight trebles to his name.

Despite having helped himself to two hat-tricks in his last three, Cristiano Ronaldo has only ever registered one other Premier League treble. That came for United in their 6-0 thrashing of Newcastle back in January 2008.

Season Games Goals Per game Hat-tricks

1992/93 462 1222 2.65 14
1993/94 462 1195 2.59 19
1994/95 462 1195 2.59 13
1995/96 380 988 2.60 16
1996/97 380 970 2.55 12
1997/98 380 1019 2.68 16
1998/99 380 959 2.52 12
1999/00 380 1060 2.79 13
2000/01 380 992 2.61 14
2001/02 380 1001 2.63 7
2002/03 380 1000 2.63 13
2003/04 380 1012 2.66 10
2004/05 380 974 2.56 8
2005/06 380 944 2.48 7
2006/07 380 931 2.45 3
2007/08 380 1002 2.64 15
2008/09 380 942 2.48 6
2009/10 380 1053 2.77 14
2010/11 380 1063 2.80 17
2011/12 380 1066 2.81 19
2012/13 380 1063 2.80 13
2013/14 380 1052 2.77 8
2014/15 380 975 2.57 10
2015/16 380 1026 2.70 14
2016/17 380 1064 2.80 11
2017/18 380 1018 2.68 10
2018/19 380 1072 2.82 11
2019/20 380 1034 2.72 11
2020/21 380 1024 2.69 12
2021/22 315 877 2.78 10

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