Cole Palmer: Unknown Chelsea Player ‘Insults’ Hat Trick Hero in Win Over Man United

Cole Palmer: Unknown Chelsea Player ‘Insults’ Hat Trick Hero in Win Over Man United

Martin Moses
updated at April 5, 2024 at 10:36 AM
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  • Cole Palmer scored his first senior hat-trick in Chelsea's over Manchester United
  • It was the first time since 2017 that the Blues beat their rivals in an EPL contest
  • An unknown player left a cheeky insult on Palmer's match ball after their game

Hawk-eyed fans spotted an insult on Cole Palmer's match ball following Chelsea's dramatic victory over Manchester United on April 4.

The Blues blew away a two-goal lead but wrestled their way back into the game to win 4-3 thanks to a Palmer brace in stoppage time.

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Cole Palmer in action for Chelsea against Manchester United on April 4 at Stamford Bridge. Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA.
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Palmer scored his second penalty of the game after Diogo Dalot had fouled Noni Madueke. He then followed it up seconds later by scoring the winner after a huge deflection from Scott McTominay.

The two goals, added to his first-half penalty, saw the 21-year-old claim his first senior hat-trick. As it is the norm, he was awarded the match ball with his fellow teammates writing messages on it.

What was written on Palmer's match ball?

Chelsea shared a photo of the England international holding the ball with three fingers raised up. Fans quickly realised that one Chelsea player had written an insult.

"[Expletive] player," read the cheeky comment.

Cole Palmer's time at Chelsea

The comment was definitely tongue-in-cheek. Palmer has been nothing short of sensational since he made the surprise switch from Manchester City at the start of the season.

He was worried about the continued lack of game time in Pep Guardiola's star-studded squad, opening up the window for Chelsea to swoop in with a £42.5million deal, as quoted by the Guardian.

He has become one of the Blues success stories in another crisis-ridden season. After his hat-trick, he is now in the conversation in the Golden Boot Race, with only Erling Haaland outscoring him. Palmer has 16 goals and eight assists.

What Pochettino told Palmer before winner

Sports Brief has also reported Palmer explaining what Pochettino told him before scoring the winner against Man United.

His equaliser and winner were only 82 seconds apart, with the forward spotted dashing to the dugout after the third score.

Pochettino whispered something in his ear, and minutes later, he completed the hat-trick to gift his manager three points.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)