Messi 2nd, Haaland 6th and Mbappé 7th – Top ten players with most hat-tricks in their careers


20 hat-tricks for Haaland 

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Erling Haaland is quite simply a goalscoring phenomenon. He has scored at a ridiculous rate at Molde, RB Salzburg, Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City and with Norway. At just 23, Haaland has scored a remarkable 241 goals in just 278 appearances across all competitions since making his senior debut. 

Top 10 players with most career hat-tricks

10. Sergio Agüero | 18 hat-tricks

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9. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar | 18 hat-tricks

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8. Mario Gómez | 18 hat-tricks

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7. Kylian Mbappé | 18 hat-tricks

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6. Erling Haaland | 20 hat-tricks

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5. Harry Kane | 21 hat-tricks

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4. Luis Suarez | 29 hat-tricks

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3. Robert Lewandowski | 31 hat-tricks

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2. Lionel Messi | 57 hat-tricks

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1. Cristiano Ronaldo | 60 hat-tricks

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Haaland is widely regarded as the best striker in the world and he’s the most valuable player on the planet currently at €180 million, alongside Kylian Mbappé and Jude Bellingham. Haaland highlighted his lethal finishing ability by scoring five goals as Man City brushed aside Luton Town in the FA Cup on Tuesday night. Remarkably, Haaland recorded his 20th hat-trick in his career already and he’s well placed to register the record amount of career hat-tricks. 

Top 10 players with the most hat-tricks in their careers since 2000

When analysing players with the most hat-tricks across the top 15 leagues, European competition and international games since 2000, Cristiano Ronaldo sits first. The 39-year-old has netted an impressive 60 hat-tricks across his career spanning Sporting CP, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus and with Portugal. Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have enjoyed a healthy rivalry across their careers and the Argentinian ranks second. Messi has scored 57 hat-tricks in 1033 games, which works out as one every 18.1 games – slightly better of Ronaldo’s average of one every 19.2 games. 

While Haaland ranks 6th for most hat-tricks, the Norwegian easily has the best ratio for scoring them. His 20 hat-tricks have arrived in just 278 games, which calculates as a hat-trick every 13.9 games. At his current scoring rate, Haaland is on track to eclipse Ronaldo and Messi’s records for career hat-tricks.  There’s a considerable gap between Ronaldo and Messi to Robert Lewandowski, who sits third in the list of most hat-tricks. The Polish international is still playing with Barcelona but he won’t catch the top two – unlike Haaland – and he’s not scored three goals in a game this season. 

Luis Suárez and Harry Kane complete the top five with the England captain registering a trio of goals in three games this season with Bayern Munich against Bochum, Darmstadt and Borussia Dortmund. Mbappé, Mario Gómez, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Sergio Agüero have all registered 18 hat-tricks but the PSG superstar has the best scoring rate, with his most famous hat-trick arriving in the World Cup final in 2022.


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