At one point, Haris Vuckic was tipped to be the next big thing at Newcastle United, with us believed to have beaten several European giants to his signature back in 2009.
11 years on from his arrival as a 17-year-old ‘wonderkid’, he’s just enjoyed perhaps his greatest night as a professional footballer, scoring a hat-trick in Slovenia’s 4-0 win over Moldova in the UEFA Nations League last night.
The goals – which were scored across just 18 minutes – not only send Slovenia top of their group but also made him the top scorer in League C, with him scoring the winner in their 1-0 win over Kosovo last week.
After being released by the club in 2017, he swapped Tyneside for Dutch side FC Twente and went on to score a solid 16 goals in 48 games for the Eredivisie side, ending the 2019/20 their top scorer on 11.
He left on a free over the summer, however, and now plays for Spanish second tier side Real Zaragoza.
So, his career may not have taken off quite how some expected it to when he arrived on Tyneside back in 2009, but no one can take away a hat-trick on the international stage for his country!