The 30 players to score 4 or more goals in a Premier League match

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Kevin de Bruyne with the matchball after scoring a hattrick for Man City, Wolverhampton, Molinuex Stadium, 12 May 2022.

Kevin de Bruyne scored four goals in a remarkable individual performance for Manchester City against Wolves, but he’s not the first to pull off the feat in a Premier League game. In fact, 30 different players have scored four or more in one match before.

It was a tremendous performance from De Bruyne, who helped City to go within four points reach of a second successive Premier League title.

He was dominant throughout the match, scoring a hat-trick in the first 24 minutes of the first half and adding a fourth in the second.

In fact, he could even have scored five, hitting the post late on into the match.

“I’m so disappointed with him because he missed a fifth goal, with the post,” City manager Pep Guardiola joked after the match.

“I know he is always a guy who is so generous and always has the sense to make an assist but this season I think he has the sense to be prolific and score goals.

“He has been decisive scoring goals and at the end, this makes the greatest [players]. I’m very pleased for him because of course scoring four goals in the decisive part of the league is so important.

“I have the feeling that now he is starting to enjoy goals. Before it was just assists, and now I have the feeling it is: ‘I like it when my team-mates come to hug me because I scored a goal.’ I think it is good.”

Incredibly, De Bruyne’s first three goals were all scored with his weaker left foot.

“It was pretty nice. When you score four goals it’s always something special,” De Bruyne said to Manchester City’s website post-match.

“It should have been five to be honest! I think we played well and controlled the game really well.

“It’s just whenever you get the opportunity you don’t hesitate. I’m never afraid to shoot with my left. Even if it doesn’t go in, it creates a problem for the opposition.

“We could have scored more, to do that against Wolves who are defensively sound was impressive. Our front four found the right moments.”

But who are the players De Bruyne now joins in the ‘four or more goals in a game’ club? Here are all 30, some of whom appear multiple times, listed in chronological order from oldest to most recent.

Note: an asterisk indicates the player scored 5 in the game.

Efan Ekoku, Everton 1-5 Norwich, 1993-94

Andy Cole, Manchester United 9-0 Ipswich, 1994-95*

Robbie Fowler, Liverpool 5-2 Bolton, 1995-96

Robbie Fowler, Liverpool 5-1 Middlesbrough, 1996-97

Gianluca Vialli, Chelsea 6-0 Barnsley, 1997-98

Jurgen Klinsmann, Tottenham 6-2 Wimbledon, 1997-98

Michael Owen, Liverpool 5-1 Nottingham Forest, 1998-99

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United 8-1 Nottingham Forest, 1998-1999

Andy Cole, Manchester United 5-1 Newcastle, 1999-00

Alan Shearer, Newcastle 8-0 Sheffield Wednesday, 1999-00*

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United 5-1 Everton, 1999-00

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Chelsea 6-1 Coventry, 2000-01

Mark Viduka, Leeds 4-3 Liverpool, 2000-01

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Mark Viduka, Leeds Liverpool, Premier League

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Michael Owen, Liverpool 6-0 West Brom, 2002-03

Thierry Henry, Arsenal 5-0 Leeds, 2003-04

Yakubu, Portsmouth 5-1 Middlesbrough, 2003-04

Dimitar Berbatov, Tottenham 6-4 Reading, 2007-08

Frank Lampard, Chelsea 6-1 Derby, 2007-08

Andrey Arshavin, Arsenal 4-4 Liverpool, 2008-09

Robbie Keane, Tottenham 5-0 Burnley, 2009-10

Jermain Defoe, Tottenham 9-1 Wigan, 2009-10*

Wayne Rooney, Manchester United 4-0 Hull, 2009-10

Frank Lampard, Chelsea 7-1 Aston Villa, 2010-11

Dimitar Berbatov, Manchester United 7-1 Blackburn, 2010-11*

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Manchester United's Dimitar Berbatov celebrates scoring against Wigan, Old Trafford, 26 December 2011

READ: When Berbatov scored five in a game for Man Utd, just because he could

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Louis Saha, Everton 5-3 Blackpool, 2010-11

Edin Dzeko, Manchester City 5-1 Tottenham, 2011-12

Yakubu, Blackburn 4-2 Swansea, 2011-12

Luis Suarez, Liverpool 5-1 Norwich, 2013-14

Sergio Aguero, Manchester City 4-1 Tottenham, October 2014-15

Sergio Aguero, Manchester City V Newcastle 6-1, 2015-16*

Georginio Wijnaldum, Newcastle V Norwich 6-2, 2015-16

Romelu Lukaku, Everton V Bournemouth 6-3, 2016-17

Harry Kane, Tottenham V Leicester 6-1, 2016-17

Sergio Aguero, Manchester City V Leicester 5-1, 2017-18

Mohamed Salah, Liverpool V Watford 5-0, 2017-18

Michail Antonio, West Ham V Norwich 4-0, 2019-20

Heung-Min Son, Spurs v Southampton, 5-2, 2020-21

Gabriel Jesus, Man City v Watford, 5-1, 2021-22

Kevin de Bruyne, Man City v Wolves, 5-1, 2021-22

By Patrick Ryan

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