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Most hat-tricks in football of all time

Have you ever heard the phrase hat –tricks? Are there any football lovers who have not heard of it? In every match, whenever there is a hat-trick, the heat of the game gets double.

To start our article about the

most hat-tricks in football of all time,

it's a good idea to go through the origin of this term. Just to warm up, the very first use of this exciting term backs to 1858 in cricket.

Don't you find that fascinating? The fans were so enthused after a match in 1858 when famous British cricketer H. H. Stephenson took three wickets in three consecutive deliveries that they held a collection for him and gave him a hat they had purchased with the money. Following that, this phrase was used in other sports, like football.

In football, a hat-trick occurs when a player scores three goals in one game—not necessarily consecutively. The players whose names are everywhere are the ones who have scored some mind-blowing hat-tricks. They write history.

Now, it's time to go through the

most career hat-tricks in football history

. To start our survey, it's a good idea, to begin with the first hat-tricker in football. John McDougall- the Scottish footballer- was the first player in the football world who scored a hat-trick in an international match. On 2 March 1878, when Scotland was playing against England, he scored three goals for Scotland and defeated England 7–2.

McDougal was the first hat-tricker of history, but who are the players with the most hat-tricks in football of all time?

Highest hat-tricks in soccer history

Our list begins with a well-known footballer who is for sure a legend. 

The Legendary Pele

When it comes to Pele, the list of awards and trophies can extend for good. He is the owner of many footballing records. He has the record of the most hat tricks in football history by a player.

The three-time World Cup winner scored 92 career hat-tricks. That's a bit odd, isn't it? But that's Pele. Pele- Edson Arantes do Nascimiento- during his career had scored 1283 and 92 hat-tricks. Although some of these records happened in friendly games, the Guinness World Records submitted them. His first hat-trick was scored in 1957 for Edson Arantes do Nascimiento.

92 hat-tricks are astonishing but that is not the end of the story. He is the youngest player who scored a hat-trick in a world cup. back in 1958, the teenage Pele who was only 17 years and 274 day-olds, in a World Cup semi-final in Sweden against France, scored a hat-trick record that no one up to now could break it.

The second place of the list of the most hat-tricks in football of all time would go to ever-shining Cris Ronaldo.

Cristiano Ronaldo

The name of this 37-year-old Portuguese star is on every list. He owned the second place of the

most hat-tricks in football of all time

. He scored 60 hat-tricks, that's a huge number but still, a lot to go to break Pele's.

On 12 January 2008, he scored his first and only hat-trick for

Manchester United

in a 6–0 win against Newcastle United, after that astonishing performance Man united went up to the top of the Premier League table.

In 2009–10 season h had been transferred to Real Madrid. His first hat-trick for Madrid was on 5 May 2010 in a 4–1 win game against Mallorca. On 10 July 2018, he had left

Real Madrid

with 34memorable hat-tricks; he had scored hat-tricks against 20 La Liga teams. But a room was left. He had never scored a hat-trick in El Clasico. Ronaldo, as opposed to Pele, is the oldest player ever to score a hat-trick in a World Cup match.

His records don't finish up here, the Portuguese star scored three goals in a 4-0 win game against Cagliari 4-0 at the Allianz Stadium and by doing that he is the only soccer player in all-time who hit hat-tricks in Italy, England, and Spain's top divisions, and at the World Cup.

Ronaldo had 8 hat-tricks in UEFA Champions League, 36 ha-tricks in Domestic leagues, 2 hat-tricks in Domestic Cup, 1 hat-trick in FIFA World cup, and 9 in international games.

The third-place of our list of the most hat-tricks in football of all-time would be for Ronalo's traditional rival.

Leo Messi 

The 35-year-old Argentinian star, who had chosen


as his home since 2003 till 2021, has scored 36 La Liga hat-tricks, which makes him the player with the most hat-tricks in La Liga history. His first hat-trick for Barcellona scored at the time when he was playing for the third team in eight minutes during a Copa Del Rey match.

But the memorable date for Messi and his fans was 10 March 2007. On this special day, 19-year-old Messi scored his first hat-tricks in a Clasico. Right his extraordinary performance, the club got to recognize his importance that led to a rise in his contract. After that match, Leo Messi introduced himself to the football world.

Up to now, there are only six football players who scored two hat-tricks in EL Classico and with no doubt, Messi is one of them. Messi has scored 56 hattricks. had 8 hat-tricks in UEFA Champions League, 36 ha-tricks in Domestic leagues, 3 hat-tricks in Domestic Cup, 1 hat-trick in FIFA World cup, and 6 in international games.

Do you think the list of the most hat-tricks in football of all-time finishes here? No away, there are some more. Keep posted.

Who can be the forth? The ever-controversial Uruguayan football player.

Luis Suárez

Maybe the majority of football lovers remember Suárez with his speed and his brutality. Yes, brutality! Whenever he is discontent with something in a match, he shows some weird actions, he head-butts or bites his opponent with his rabbit-like teeth. When a player is so steeped in controversy, people forget his football talents,

However, there is something else to remember him by, a thing that puts his name in the fourth place of the most hat-tricks in football of all time. Luis Suárez with 29 Hat-tricks owns the fourth place of the most career hat tricks in football history. Isn't it a bit odd? Compared to Messi and Ronaldo, he is so far away from Pele in the list of the

most hat-tricks in football of all time


According to FIFA, he creates goal-scoring chances with his powerful shot, and although some of these opportunities don't end up in goal, up to now, he has scored 29 hat tricks.

He started his career when he was 14. He joined Nacional's youth team. But his professional career started in 2007–08 season when he joined Ajax. His performance in


was extraordinary that put his name in an elite group of players, including Johan Cruyff, Marco van Basten, and Dennis Bergkamp, to score 100 or more goals with the club. His first hat-trick was also scored in Ajax, in a 5-0 win match against De Graafschap.

On 31 January 2011, he had been transferred to


. On 28 April 2012, he scored his first hat-trick for Liverpool, in a 3-0 win against Norwichcity, Suarez scored all the three goals. He had six hat-tricks in the Premier League.

On 11 July 2014, he signed his contract with Barcelona and he scored his first Hat-tricks on 2 May 2015 in an 8-0 win game against Córdoba. In sum, he scored 10 hat-tricks for Barcelona which the last one was on 28 October 2018.

Unfortunately, this talented player could not score a hat-trick in the champion's league and so go up in the list of the most hat-tricks in soccer history. He also scored two hat-tricks for his national team. There is one more fact regarding Suarez, this Uruguayan footballer has one uniqueness, he is the only one to have scored six goals in the same match. It was in 2009 against WHC Wezep in a Netherlands Cup Round of 16 matches against Ajax.

Now, it's time to move on to the fifth place of the most hat-tricks in football of all time. Who is your guess?

Robert Lewandowski

The 34-year-old Polish striker has earned the fifth place of the most hat-tricks in football of all time. Up to now, he has scored 30 hat-tricks. Being born and grow up in Warsaw he started his football career in local football teams. In 1997, he joined MKS Varsovia Warsaw and as a teenager, he played there for seven years.

His breakthrough was when he with a four-year contract joined Bundesliga club

Borussia Dortmund


n June 2010. His first hat-trick in his career was on 1 October 2011, he implemented an assist and scored a hat-trick in the club's 4–0 victory over FC Augsburg. Up to 24 August 2019, he has scored 9 hat-tricks in Bundesliga.

Since the commencement of the UEFA Champions League in 1992, fourteen players have scored four or more goals in a match; of these, only Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski have achieved this more than once. Up to now, he has scored six hat-tricks during Champions League and earned the fifth place in the list of most hat-tricks of all time. But he has a long journey to take, and maybe in the near future, he breaks his rivals' records.

Is there a sixth place on the list of the most hat-tricks in football of all time? Be with us to get to know him.

Sergio Aguero

The 34-year-old, the former all-out center-forward, with seventeen hat-tricks earned the sixth place of the most hat-tricks in football history. Sergio at the age of nine joined the youth system of Independiente and started his career as a footballer. Just like all the soccer players he also had a breakthrough.

In May 2006 by a €20 million contract- that broke the club's previous transfer record, Agüero joined Spanish club

Atlético Madrid

. On 21 May 2010, in a 4–3 win game against Mallorca, he scored his first hat-tricks. But right after this glory, he decided to leave the team.

On 28 July 2011, with the confirmation of

Manchester city

authorities, he started his career in Man city. On 18 September, on his third start for the club, he scored his first Premier League hat-trick -by scoring twice- against Wigan Athletic at Craven Cottage.

His last hat-trick in the Premier League was on 12 January 2020. And in the end, he has scored two hat-tricks in Champions League.

Our list of the most hat-tricks in football of all time still has two spots.

Edinson Cavani

Edinson Cavani, with fifteen hat-tricks in football history, owns the seventh place of our list.

He is the definite representative of Latin American football. 35-year-old Edinson started his professional career after his breakthrough in 2007, which was when many European teams got interested in him. Amongst




, he chose Palermo. On 29 January 2007, it was officially announced that Cavani now is a member of the



for almost three years, Edinson played there and in 2010 he left Palermo for Napoli, where he scored his first hat-trick in Serie A. on 9 January 2011 he scored a hat-trick in a 3–0 win over Juventus. Up to this moment, his record of hat-tricks in Serie A is 7 which is not that much. Cavani also has one national team hat-trick in a friendly match against Indonesia. Unluckily, so far he has no champions league hat tricks.

In the list of the highest hat-trick in football history, the eighth spot goes to Radamel Falcao.

Radamel Falcao

This Colombian forward, the best and most hat-tricker in UEFA Europa League, scored twelve hat-tricks in his career.

Falcao started his debut in Lanceros Boyacá in Colombia. Back then he was 13 years old and considered the youngest debutant at that level of Colombian professional football. Having gained some experiences in two other clubs, On 18 August 2011, Porto announced they had agreed on a fee with Atlético Madrid for the transfer of Falcao.

In 2012-2013 season, Falcao scored his first hat-tricks in the La Liga game against 2012 Europa League finalists

Athletic Bilbao

. His second hat-tricks that was so much memorable for football lovers, was in a game against


, the game which gave them the 2012 UEFA Super Cup. Until when he was a part of the La Liga, he had scored four hat-tricks.

Our list of the most hat-tricks in football of all-time ends up here. Certainly, the above list is not fixed and cannot be fixed. every year and in each season all football players from all over the world try hard to do their best to be on the list and promote their status in the football world. So the list would change over time.

But, do you think being on the list of the most hat-tricks in football history, matters? Does it demonstrate soccer players' talents? In case you know any other player with most hat tricks in football, let us know in the comment section below!

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