Cristiano Ronaldo leads Lionel Messi in race for most hat-tricks by active footballers
Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo holds the record for scoring the most hat-tricks by an active footballer, with 59 hat-tricks during his trophy-laden career.
Ronaldo, who has the most headed goals in the 21st century among his innumerable records, registered the first hat-trick of his senior career in Manchester United’s 6-0 win against Newcastle United in 2008 while his last came in the Red Devils' 3-2 win against Tottenham Hotspur in their recent Premier League encounter
In a Portugal shirt, Cristiano's last hat-trick came in Portugal’s 5-0 win against Luxembourg in a World Cup 2022 qualifying game. His triple strike was his 10th hat-trick for the national team and he became the first player to score 10 hat-tricks in international football.
Furthermore, Cristiano Ronaldo is also the oldest player to score a hat-trick in the FIFA World Cup. At 33 years and 130 days, the Portugal skipper scored thrice to help his side draw 3-3 against Spain.
Lionel Messi is second on this list with 55 hat-tricks. The Paris Saint-Germain star and Argentina captain notched his maiden hat-trick in a 2007 El Clasico fixture against Real Madrid, which ended in a 3-3 draw.
Additionally, Messi is the first player to score five goals in a UEFA Champions League game with his effort coming in Barcelona’s 7-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen in 2012.
Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski is third on the list for most hat-tricks by an active footballer. The Poland forward has scored 30 hat-tricks in his career and is followed by Lionel Messi’s former strike partner Luis Suarez at 29.
Lewandowski netted five hat-tricks in 2021 for Bayern Munich with four of them coming in the Bundesliga.
Edinson Cavani (15) and Radamel Falcao (10) complete our list for most hat-tricks by an active footballer.
Most hat-tricks by an active footballer
|Players||Total career goals||Total hat-tricks|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||695 (club), 115 (international)||60|
|Lionel Messi||679 (club), 80 (international)||55|
|Robert Lewandowski||532 (club), 74 (international)||30|
|Luis Suarez||435 (club), 67 (international)||29|
|Edinson Cavani||360 (club), 54 (international)||12|
|Radamel Falcao||300 (club), 35 (international)||10|
Author: William Paul
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