WATCH: Referee Mike Dean tricks hat-trick hero Sergio Aguero
You would do well to steal the limelight from Sergio Aguero on the day he scored a record-equalling Premier League hat-trick, but Mike Dean is no ordinary referee.
Cult-favourite Dean is as well renowned for his penchant for unnecessary flamboyance as he is for his card-dishing abilities, and Aguero was on the other end of his quirkiness on Sunday.
After playing a key role in Manchester City's 6-0 demolition of Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium, Aguero went to collect the match ball as per the custom for any player who scores three goals in a game.
But Dean, being Dean, opted to have a little fun, hiding the ball up the back of his shirt out of sight of Aguero, whose 11th hat-trick puts him level with Alan Shearer for the most in Premier League history.
Peak Mike Dean banter: Hiding the hat-trick ball from Sergio Aguero 😆 pic.twitter.com/rmDa3YDVJP— Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) February 10, 2019