Scoring a hat-trick and bringing the ball home is every footballer’s dream. After all, scoring goals is the ultimate goal of any team and contributing to the cause is the mission of every player involved.
Every goal scored that is scored in a match is important. For a player to be so completely dominant that he waves the net three times in the same match is quite an achievement. We’ve seen many prolific goalscorers take the world by storm over the past two decades.
In the 21st century, we have seen strikers raise the bar and achieve productivity rates that we are still accustomed to. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the five players who have scored the most hat tricks in history.
#4 Luis Suarez and Robert Lewandowski – 29 hat-tricks
Luis Suarez is one of the greatest strikers of the modern era. The Uruguay international was phenomenal during his early years at Liverpool and Barcelona.
After taking the Premier League by storm, Suarez moved to Barcelona in 2014 to form arguably the greatest attacking trio in the history of the sport alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar.
Between the 2009-10 and 2018-19 seasons, only one player has beaten Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to the European Golden Shoe. That player is Luis Suarez. He shared it with Cristiano Ronaldo in the 2014-15 season before winning it in the 2015-16 season.
Suarez has scored 29 hat-tricks in his career, the same as Robert Lewandowski. The Bayern Munich man is currently the most prolific striker in the world. Lewandowski has broken goalscoring records for fun over the past few years.
In the 2020-21 season, he broke Gerd Muller’s record for most goals scored in a single Bundesliga season (40) by scoring 41 times in 29 appearances.
#3 Lionel Messi – 55 hat tricks
Lionel Messi is one of the greatest goalscorers of all time. The Argentina international is also arguably the greatest footballer of all time. He has won the Ballon d’Or, football’s most prestigious individual award, a record seven times.
Messi is one of the most complete and complete strikers of all time, with very few weaknesses in his overall game. He has scored 55 career hat tricks.
Messi has had a bit of a lackluster season in terms of goalscoring and has only scored two Ligue 1 goals this term. It’s the worst goal-scoring form he’s ever shown in his career.
#2 Cristiano Ronaldo – 59 hat tricks
Cristiano Ronaldo has struggled for goals since the start of the year. He had scored just one goal for Manchester United in his last 10 appearances before last weekend’s game against Tottenham Hotspur.
The 37-year-old rolled back the years and produced an absolutely stellar performance to score his 59th career hat-trick and win the game for United. Ronaldo is, according to FIFA, the player with the most goals scored for club and country with 806.
The Portuguese international’s haul of 59 hat-tricks is the best of any active player in the world right now.
#1 Pelé – 92 hat tricks
The authenticity of the sources that back Pele’s wild goalscoring claims is still a bit suspect, to say the least. But we simply cannot ignore the fact that the Brazilian legend is one of the greatest to ever grace the game. His phenomenal list of accomplishments lends credence to that fact.
Pelé is said to have scored 92 hat-tricks for club and country during his career. Many of his 92 hat-tricks are said to have come in friendlies and there’s no way to confirm how many of them were deemed official.
But the Guinness Book of World Records recognizes Pelé as the player with the most hat-tricks in football history with 92. He also holds the distinction of being the youngest player to score a hat-trick at a World Cup. . Pelé did it for Brazil in 1958 at the age of 17. This record is still intact 64 years later.