Have you ever wondered who ended up with Dimitar Berbatov’s shirt after his famous Old Trafford hat-trick against Liverpool in 2010?
Former Liverpool fitness coach Darren Burgess has finally revealed himself as the lucky recipient of the brilliant Bulgarian’s shirt after his heroics against United’s biggest rivals.
Berbatov became the first player since 1946 to score a hat-trick against Liverpool when he produced arguably his finest performance in a United shirt on 19 September, 2010.
And United needed each and every one of his three goals as the Red Devils scored a crucial early-season victory over their rivals in a game that finished 3-2.
Berbatov opened the scoring from a Ryan Giggs corner, before displaying outrageous skill to take down a Nani cross on his knee with his first touch, before nonchalantly finding the top corner with his back to goal with an overhead kick.
Liverpool scored two goals to restore parity, only for Berbatov to seal the win and his hat-trick with a second-half header.
Burgess, an Australian strength and conditioning guru who also worked with Arsenal and the Australian national team revealed he was given the shirt by Berbatov despite working for Liverpool on the latest episode of the Shim, Spider & so Much Moore podcast.
“My childhood hero was Dimitar Berbatov,” he said.
“Watching him score a hat-trick against us [Liverpool] … I was excited because it was my first visit to Old Trafford but I was shitty because we’d lost.
“I was walking behind him and he takes off his jersey and hands it to me!
“I was like ‘what the hell’, but it turns out our doctor had worked at Tottenham and told him he was my favourite player, so he’s just handed it to the nearest staff member.
“So I just shoved it up to jumper and walked into the devastated Liverpool dressing room thinking, ‘how good is this!’”
And Burgess wasn’t done there.
“I’ve still got it,” he said.
“When they came to Anfield later in the season, I went into the rooms and got Berbatov to sign it.”
Berbatov finished the 2010/11 season as United’s top scorer as the Red Devils went on to claim another Premier League title.