Football is about goals. Fans might argue with the fact that defence wins you titles but in the end, it is all about putting that ball in the back of the net. The pure scenes of the players celebrating and the joy that is on display after the goal is scored is immense.
The joy is tripled when one player repeats this feat three times in just a single game. Scoring a hat-trick in a football match is not what every player is capable of. Only players, with those killer instincts, have been able to achieve this feat. And to do so repeatedly over the course of a player’s career is even more impressive. FootTheBall takes a look at the players that have the most hat-tricks in their football career.
1. Pele – 92 hat-tricks
The Guinness Book of World Records acknowledges Pele as the player with 92 hat-tricks in football. While records of the past are not that clear, it has been approved by the most reliable source when it comes to keeping records.
The Brazilian striker is regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, who won 3 World Cups with Brazil. He is still the only player to have achieved the record with his World Cup wins coming in 1958, 1962 and 1970.
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2. Cristiano Ronaldo – 60 hat-tricks
The man himself. Cristiano Ronaldo needs no introduction and while his career has seen a decline at 37 years old, the 60 hat-tricks he has amassed is no easy feat.
While playing with Manchester United (2003–09), he developed into one of the game’s best forwards, noted for his free-reined attacking style. In 2008 he helped United win the Champions League title, and that year he also won the Ballon d’Or. In 2009 he joined Real Madrid. He won a second Ballon d’Or after scoring 66 goals in 2013. Since then he has moved to Juventus in 2018 after winning 3 consecutive Champions League with Real Madrid and returned back to Old Trafford.
3. Lionel Messi – 56 hat-tricks
Another household name in football. Lionel Messi is an Argentinian footballer widely regarded as one of the greatest players of the modern generation. He plays for French club PSG and the Argentina national team, while he spent the majority of his career at Barcelona scoring 26 hat-tricks.
He has won Ballon d’Or six times, which is a record. He has often been described as Diego Maradona’s successor because of his prolific goal-scoring record and ability to dribble past opponents.
4. Robert Lewandowski – 30 hat-tricks
Robert Lewandowski is like a fine wine, he gets better with age. After eight trophy-laden seasons with Bayern Munich, he is now on the goal hunt in Spain. A Polish striker who currently plays for FC Barcelona, he is one of the most prolific goalscorers in the world, having scored over 500 goals for club and country.
Lewandowski is considered a national treasure in his native Poland and is also regarded as one of the Bundesliga’s greatest ever players, having netted 344 goals in 375 matches for Bayern. The Poland international has won numerous honours including the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and ten Bundesliga titles. The majority of these triumphs came while playing for Bayern Munich, who he joined in 2014 from bitter rivals Borussia Dortmund.
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5. Luis Suarez – 29 hat-tricks
Luis Suarez is the star striker of the Uruguayan national soccer team who went on to play for Ajax and Liverpool before he joined the Spanish giants FC Barcelona. He has since played for Atletico Madrid and returned to his boyhood club in Uruguay.
He came into prominence for all the wrong reasons including biting Italian defender, Giorgio Chiellini, during a world cup match in 2014 and many more controversial incidents. However, he is still considered to be one of the best strikers in the world and has been the European Top Scorer and winner of the ‘Golden Boot’ award twice.