Happy retirement, Jermain Defoe.
He will do so as the ninth top goalscorer in Premier League history and regarded as one of the best finishers the league has ever seen.
He’s also one of just five players to have scored FIVE goals in a single Premier League match.
He achieved that back in November 2009 during Tottenham’s 9-1 victory over Wigan Athletic.
However, those five goals ended up costing Defoe a cool £5,000.
Let us explain how…
At half-time at White Hart Lane, Spurs led 1-0.
But in seven second-half minutes between the 51st and the 58th, Defoe bagged himself a hat-trick.
And before the final whistle, Defoe helped himself to two more in a huge Spurs victory.
⏪ 11 years ago today, Jermain Defoe scored FIVE second half goals as Spurs scored NINE against Wigan 🤯pic.twitter.com/d0mOtncJXd— GOAL (@goal) November 22, 2020
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How those five goals cost Defoe £5,000
However, years later, those five goals ended up costing Defoe £5,000.
Well, in August 2020, a Wigan fan tweeted Defoe asked him for a donation to help the Latics who were struggling financially.
He wrote: “Ere @IAmJermainDefoe. Can I be cheeky as f**k and ask you to throw £5000 in here, 1 for each of those 5 goals you scored against Latics in the 9-1 defeat at Tottenham? I think it’s the least you could do mate.
Thanks in advance. x”
The fan in question probably wasn’t expecting anything but, later that day, a £5,000 donation landed in the pot.
“Nice one @IAmJermainDefoe lad,” replied the original poster.
A Wigan fan wrote to Jermain Defoe to ask if would donate in helping to save the club who have entered administration.— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) August 28, 2020
He asked for £5000, £1000 for each goal Defoe scored in the 9-1 win against them back in 2009.
Defoe paid without hesitation 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/O3UhbxTcBG
What a goalscorer. What a guy.