FIFA World Cup Hat Trick Stats

FIFA World Cup Hat Trick Stats

Down 3-2 with only two minutes left before stoppage time, Cristiano Ronaldo came in clutch for Portugal with one of his best-ever free kicks to tie the game and seal his hat trick. This was Cristiano Ronaldo’s one and only World Cup hat trick, an achievement that only a few players have been able to reach in their careers.

Fewer than 50 players have scored a hat trick in the history of the World Cup, and only six of them have scored more than three goals in a game. Germany is the national team with the most hat tricks scored, with seven. Edmund Conen scored their first in the 1934 World Cup, Max Morlock scored one in the 1954 World Cup, while Gerd Müller became the second player to score multiple hat tricks in one tournament, bagging three goals in each of the last two group stage games. Karl-Heinze Rummennigge scored one in the 1982 World Cup. All-time leading scorer Miroslav Klose scored three in a Group Stage match in 2002, while Thomas Müller was the latest German to record a hat trick with three goals against Portugal in 2014.

Most World Cup hat tricks have come in Group Stage games. However, some legendary hat tricks were scored in the knockout stages. Among them is the one from Pelé in the semifinals in 1958 against France, and Eusebio’s four goals against North Korea in 1966. The 1986 World Cup saw two hat tricks in the Round of 16 as Ballon d’Or winner Igor Belanov scored three against Belgium, while Emilio Butragueño scored four against Denmark.

1930 FIFA World Cup

  • Bert Patenaude (United States): 3 Goals against Paraguay in the Group stage on 17 July 1930.
  • Guillermo Stábile (Argentina): 3 Goals against Mexico in the Group stage on 19 July 1930.
  • Pedro Cea (Uruguay): 3 Goals against Yugoslavia in the Semifinals on 27 July 1930.

1934 FIFA World Cup

  • Angelo Schiavio (Italy): 3 Goals against the United States in the Round of 16 on 27 May 1934.
  • Edmund Conen (Germany): 3 Goals against Belgium in the Round of 16 on 27 May 1934.
  • Oldřich Nejedlý (Czechoslovakia): 3 Goals against Germany in the Semifinals on 3 June 1934.

1938 FIFA World Cup

  • Ernst Wilimowski (Poland): 4 Goals against Brazil in the Round of 16 on 5 June 1938.
  • Leônidas (Brazil): 3 Goals against Poland in the Round of 16 on 5 June 1938.
  • Gustav Wetterström (Sweden): 3 Goals against Cuba in the Quarterfinals  on 12 June 1938.
  • Harry Andersson (Sweden): 3 Goals against Cuba in the Quarterfinals  on 12 June 1938.

1950 FIFA World Cup

  • Óscar Míguez (Uruguay): 3 Goals against Bolivia in the First group stage on 2 July 1950.
  • Ademir (Brazil): 4 Goals against Sweden in the Final group stage on 9 July 1950.

1954 FIFA World Cup

  • Sándor Kocsis (Hungary): 3 Goals against South Korea in the Group stage on 17 June 1954.
  • Erich Probst (Austria): 3 Goals against Czechoslovakia in the Group stage on 19 June 1954.
  • Carlos Borges (Uruguay): 3 Goals against Scotland in the Group stage on 19 June 1954.
  • Sándor Kocsis (II) (Hungary): 4 Goals against West Germany in the Group stage on 20 June 1954.
  • Burhan Sargın (Turkey): 3 Goals against South Korea in the Group stage on 20 June 1954.
  • Max Morlock (West Germany): 3 Goals against Turkey in the Group stage on 23 June 1954.
  • Theodor Wagner (Austria): 3 Goals against Switzerland in the Quarterfinals  on 26 June 1954.
  • Josef Hügi (Switzerland): 3 Goals against Austria in the Quarterfinals  on 26 June 1954.

1958 FIFA World Cup

  • Just Fontaine (France): 3 Goals against Paraguay in the Group stage on 8 June 1958.
  • Pelé (Brazil): 3 Goals against France in the Semifinals on 24 June 1958.
  • Just Fontaine (II) (France): 4 Goals against West Germany in the 3rd place match on 28 June 1958.

1962 FIFA World Cup

  • Flórián Albert (Hungary): 3 Goals against Bulgaria in the Group stage on 3 June 1962.

1966 FIFA World Cup

  • Eusébio (Portugal): 4 Goals against North Korea in the Quarterfinals  on 23 July 1966.
  • Geoff Hurst (England): 3 Goals against West Germany in the Final on 30 July 1966.

1970 FIFA World Cup

  • Gerd Müller (West Germany): 3 Goals against Bulgaria in the Group stage on 7 June 1970.
  • Gerd Müller (II) (West Germany): 3 Goals against Peru in the Group stage on 10 June 1970.

1974 FIFA World Cup

  • Dušan Bajević (Yugoslavia): 3 Goals against Zaire in the First group stage on 18 June 1974.
  • Andrzej Szarmach (Poland): 3 Goals against Haiti in the First group stage on 19 June 1974.

1978 FIFA World Cup

  • Rob Rensenbrink (Netherlands): 3 Goals against Iran in the First group stage on 3 June 1978.
  • Teófilo Cubillas (Peru): 3 Goals against Iran in the First group stage on 11 June 1978.

1982 FIFA World Cup

  • László Kiss (Hungary): 3 Goals against El Salvador in the First group stage on 15 June 1982.
  • Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (West Germany): 3 Goals against Chile in the First group stage on 20 June 1982.
  • Zbigniew Boniek (Poland): 3 Goals against Belgium in the Second group stage on 28 June 1982.
  • Paolo Rossi (Italy): 3 Goals against Brazil in the Second group stage on 5 July 1982.

1986 FIFA World Cup

  • Preben Elkjær (Denmark): 3 Goals against Uruguay in the Group stage on 8 June 1986.
  • Gary Lineker (England): 3 Goals against Poland in the Group stage on 11 June 1986.
  • Igor Belanov (Soviet Union): 3 Goals against Belgium in the Round of 16 on 15 June 1986.
  • Emilio Butragueño (Spain): 4 Goals against Denmark in the Round of 16 on 18 June 1986.

1990 FIFA World Cup

  • Míchel (Spain): 3 Goals against South Korea in the Group stage on 17 June 1990.
  • Tomáš Skuhravý (Czechoslovakia): 3 Goals against Costa Rica in the Round of 16 on 23 June 1990.

1994 FIFA World Cup

  • Gabriel Batistuta (Argentina): 3 Goals against Greece in the Group stage on 21 June 1994.
  • Oleg Salenko (Russia): 5 Goals against Cameroon in the Group stage on 28 June 1994.

1998 FIFA World Cup

  • Gabriel Batistuta (II) (Argentina): 3 Goals against Jamaica in the Group stage on 21 June 1998.

2002 FIFA World Cup

  • Miroslav Klose (Germany): 3 Goals against Saudi Arabia in the Group stage on 1 June 2002.
  • Pauleta (Portugal): 3 Goals against Poland in the Group stage on 10 June 2002.

2010 FIFA World Cup

  • Gonzalo Higuaín (Argentina): 3 Goals against South Korea in the Group stage on 17 June 2010.

2014 FIFA World Cup

  • Thomas Müller (Germany): 3 Goals against Portugal in the Group stage on 16 June 2014.
  • Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland): 3 Goals against Honduras in the Group stage on 25 June 2014.

2018 FIFA World Cup

  • Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal): 3 Goals against Spain in the Group stage on 15 June 2018.
  • Harry Kane (England): 3 Goals against Panama in the Group stage on 24 June 2018.

FAQ

Who has the most hat tricks in the FIFA World Cup?

The list of players that have multiple hat tricks is a very short one, as only four players scored two hat tricks at the World Cup. Hungary’s Sándor Kocsis, France’s Just Fontaine, and Germany’s Gerd Müller each did it in one tournament, in 1954, 1958, and in 1970, respectively while Argentina’s Gabriel Batistuta is the only one to have scored a hat trick in two different editions of the World Cup, doing it in 1994 and 1998.

Has anyone scored a hat trick at the FIFA World Cup?

Forty-seven players have recorded a hat trick at the FIFA World Cup. USMNT Bert Patenaude scored the first ever World Cup hat trick against Paraguay in 1930 in Uruguay, while England’s captain Harry Kane is the latest player to have joined this exclusive club after his three goals against Panama in Russia. The 2006 tournament in Germany was the only edition of the World Cup where any player failed to score a hat trick.

Has anyone scored a hat trick in the FIFA World Cup Final?

Seventeen hat tricks have been scored during the knockout stage of the World Cup, but only one has been recorded during a final. Geoff Hurst’s three goals that gave England the win against Germany in 1966 are, to this day, the only hat trick scored in a World Cup final. Hurst’s hat trick included one of the most controversial goals of all time that gave England the 3-2 lead in extra time before his third goal sealed the game at 4-2.