Here are top 5 youngest hat-trick scorers in Europe’s top five leagues since 2000!

For the longest time in football, age has been a relatively important factor in determining the quality and level of productivity of players. There are, however, a number of players who have defied these norms and started delivering quality performances from a very tender age.

Some very young players have achieved the feat of earning their first match ball very early in their careers. Here is a list of the five youngest players to do it in Europe’s top five leagues since 2000.

5. Giovani Dos Santos 

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Giovani Dos Santos was nurtured at the famed La Masia academy that produced Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, and Xavi, among others. He received one of the best educations available for a young footballer. The Mexican teenager broke through and made his debut for FC Barcelona in the 2007-08 season, playing 38 times in all competitions.

4. Francesco Grandolfo

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Francesco Grandolfo makes the list as the fourth-youngest player to score a hat-trick in Europe’s top five leagues since 2000. He was making his full debut for AS Bari in the Italian Serie A when he struck a hat-trick in their 4-0 win over Bologna in May 2011.

3. Ousmane Dembele

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Before injuries began to plague him, Ousmane Dembele was one of the most highly-rated youngsters in French football. The fleet-footed winger was handed his Ligue 1 debut in November 2015 by Stade Rennais and emerged as one of the top talents within months of his debut.

Dembele also became the youngest player to score a league hat-trick for Stade Rennais. He did so in their 4-1 win over Nantes on Matchday 29 of the 2015-16 season.

2. Kylian Mbappe

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Kylian Mbappé Lottin is a French professional footballer who plays as a forward for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and the France national team. Considered one of the best players in the world, he is known for his dribbling, speed, and finishing.

Mbappe scored his first career hat-trick in December 2016 in the Coupe de la Ligue against Rennes. Shortly afterward, he scored his first Ligue 1 hat-trick in a 5-0 drubbing of Metz at the Stade Louis II. Mbappe benefitted from playing alongside Radamel Falcao in his breakthrough season and earned a move to Paris Saint-Germain shortly after.

1. Jeremy Menez

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Jérémy Ménez is a French professional footballer who plays as a forward for Italian Serie B club Reggina. Ménez has been described as an ambidextrous, technically skilled, pacy playmaker

Menez scored his first goal for the side in November 2004 and two months later became the youngest player to score a hat-trick in Ligue 1 history. A 17-year-old Menez scored three goals in a seven-minute spell against Bordeaux in a 4-0 win. He went on to play for AS Monaco, AS Roma, PSG, AC Milan, and Bordeaux, and currently plies his trade with Serie B side Reggina.

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