The Players with the most UEFA Champions League hat tricks in history involve players who have scored three or more goals in the UEFA topflight competition. Since 1992 when the competition was rebranded, ninety players from thirty-six countries have scored three goals in a single match of the competition. Furthermore, on 132 occasions at 50 different clubs in 17 different leagues as a player scored a hat trick. This article will reveal the players in the past and present who have scored the highest number or the most UEFA Champions League hat tricks.
According to UEFA, the below-highlighted players hold the record for the most UEFA Champions League hat tricks. Well, as for me, I think you should continue reading to find out the players with the most UEFA Champions League hat tricks of all time.
10. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) – 2 hat-tricks.
Gabriel Jesus is among the prolific young forwards in the English Premier League. The Brazilian forward is the tenth player highlighted among the players with the most UEFA Champions League hat-tricks. Indeed, he has scored a hat-trick twice in all appearances in the UEFA Champions League. Moreover, he scored his first Champions League hat-trick against Shakhtar Donetsk on the 7th of November 2018 as his side thrashed their opponent 6-0. On the 11th of December 2019, he scored his second hat trick to ease Man City’s win over Dinamo Zagreb.
9. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) – 2 hat-tricks.
Karim Benzema is Known to be among the best finishers actively in football. The Real Madrid forward is a strong, immensely talented, effective, and dangerous finisher inside the opposition box. However, the former France striker is the ninth personnel featured among the players with the most UEFA Champions League hat-tricks. On the 8th of December 2010, he scored his first Champions league hat-trick against Auxerre in a 4-0 win of Real Madrid. Also, on the 8th of December 2015, Real Madrid thrashed Malmo FF 8-0 and the Frenchman was not only on the scoresheet but also registered his second Champions League hat-tricks.
8. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – 2 hat-tricks.
Sergio Aguero is not only among the best players in Premier League’s history but also among the best strikers of his generation. Along with, the Argentine is the eighth player to have scored a notable number of Champions League hat-tricks. His first Champions league hat-trick was against Bayern Munich in November 2014 while his second was against Borussia Monchengladbach on the 14th of September 2016.
7. Neymar Jr (Paris Saint Germain) – 2 hat-tricks.
Neymar Jr is addressed and identified as one of the best players in the world. However, the Brazilian is acknowledged as the seventh player to have scored a significant number of Champions League hat-tricks. In addition, he scored his first hat-trick in the Champions League while at Barcelona on the 11th of December 2013 against Celtic who lost 6-1. His second and most recent Champions League hat-trick was for PSG against Red Star Belgrade who also lost 6-1.
6. Luis Adriano (Palmeiras) – 3 hat-tricks.
Luis Adriano is the all-time leading goal scorer for Shakhtar Donetsk. Moreover, he scored all his Champions League hat-tricks for Shakhtar Donetsk. On the 20th of November 2012, he helped his team to defeat Nordsjaelland by scoring his first Champions League hat-trick in the process. However, his second and third Champions League hat-trick was against BATE Borisov in the 2014 two-legged Group stage Champions League match. Finally, the former Brazil striker is the sixth player to have scored a significant number of Champions League hat-tricks.
5. Filippo Inzaghi (Retired) – 3 hat-tricks.
Filippo Inzaghi is among the most successful footballers of all time. Also, the former Juventus and AC Milan star is the fifth player to have scored a notable number of UEFA Champions League hat-tricks. Furthermore, his first two Champions League hat-tricks were for Juventus in 1998 and 2000 while his last was for AC Milan. On the 24th of September 2002, he scored his third and final career Champions league hat tricks against Deportivo La Coruna.
4. Mario Gomez (Retired) – 3 hat-tricks.
Mario Gomez’s most successful spell during his career was when he was playing for the current Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich. However, he is the fourth player to have scored a significant number of UEFA Champions League hat-tricks. On the 3rd of November 2010, he helped Bayern Munich to get a win over CFR Cluj by scoring his first hat-trick in the competition. His second and third Champions league hat tricks came in the following years 2011 and 2012 against Napoli and FC Basel.
3. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) – 3 hat-tricks.
Robert Lewandowski is undoubtedly among the best strikers in the world. Also identified among the greatest players of his generation. However, the Poland skipper scored his first Champions League hat-trick against Real Madrid in April 2013 where his former team Borussia Dortmund triumphed 4-1. Furthermore, his most recent multiple-goal was against Red Star Belgrade where he scored a haul, four goals for Bayern Munich in November 2019.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) – 8 hat-tricks.
Cristiano Ronaldo is jointly the player with the most UEFA Champions League hat-tricks with his rival Lionel Messi. Both players have attained great success in recent years. The Portuguese star scored seven of his eight hat-tricks at Real Madrid. He established himself at Madrid as the world’s best player. In addition to that, the five-time Ballon d’Or award winner’s most recent Champions League hat-tricks were against Atletico Madrid in March 2019 which saw his current club Juventus win the game 3-0.
1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – 8 hat-tricks.
Lionel Messi is the first player in the history of football to score eight UEFA Champions League hat-tricks. As for me, I think the Argentine forward is the greatest of all time (G.O.A.T). He scored all his Champions League hat-tricks for Barcelona from 2010 till date. However, he unleashed the scoring against Arsenal in April 2010 kicking Barcelona to victory with his three goals. Furthermore, he scored his eighth Champions League hat-trick against PSV Eindhoven in September 2018.
Other players who have scored more than one hat tricks are:
- Roberto Soldado (Granada CF) – 2 hat tricks.
- Adriano (Retired) – 2 hat tricks.
- Andy Cole (Retired) – 2 hat tricks.
- Didier Drogba (Retired) – 2 hat tricks.
- Samuel Eto’o (Retired) – 2 hat tricks.
- Roy Makaay (Retired) – 2 hat tricks.
- Ruud Van Nistelrooy (Retired) – 2 hat tricks.
- Michael Owen (Retired) – 2 hat tricks.
- Andriy Shevchenko (Retired) – 2 hat tricks.
- Marco Simone (Retired) – 2 hat tricks.