It is always a memorable moment for any player to score a hat-trick in a big event such as the FIFA World Cup. Since the inception of the FIFA World Cup, many players have been successful in achieving this remarkable feat of claiming hat-tricks in the World Cup. There have been so far 52 instances in the history of the tournament, where prominent players have scored hat-tricks.
The first hat-trick was scored by an American player Bert Patenaude with three goals. Legendary football player Pele holds a record of being the youngest player to score a hat-trick at the age of 17 years, 244 days. Soccer icon Cristiano Ronaldo is the old player to do so at the age of 33 years, 130 days.
Top Five Players with Most Hat-tricks in Football History
1. Pele – 92
Pele stands at the number one position with the most number of hat-tricks in a single match. He holds a Guinness Book of World Records of 92 hat-tricks in his football career. He is also remembered as the best finisher in the sport of Football, with a total of three FIFA World Cup tournaments won single-handedly under his captaincy.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo – 60
All-time favorite soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo holds a world record for bagging the maximum number of goals in football history. Also while playing for Manchester United Club against Norwich City in the Premier League match, Cristiano claim another record by scoring his 60th career hat-trick.
3. Lionel Messi – 56
Lionel Messi, the top-class football player from Argentina has scored 56 hat-tricks both in a club and country matches. In an International friendly match between Argentine and Estonia, he scored all five goals and the team won by 5-0 points.
4. Robert Lewandowski – 30
Robert Lewandowski is popular for his best forward who was named the winner of the 2020 and 2021 FIFA Best Men’s Player Awards. In his football career, Robert has scored a total of 30 hat-tricks. Also, he holds a record of scoring 43 League goals in a single calendar year.
5. Luis Suarez- 29
This Uruguayan lethal finisher Luis Suarez stands at no.5th position in scoring a total of 29 hat-tricks in his career. With his unique execution, great finishing style, and aerial prowess he was able to achieve this remarkable feat. Luis is presently playing for Atletico Madrid in La Liga, where in his 40 appearances has scored a total of 14 goals.