Hat tricks in the World Cup: Full list of all players to score three goals in the history of FIFA tournament

Since the first edition of the World Cup in Uruguay in 1930, a total of 48 players have scored a hat trick on the biggest stage in world football.

With names as famous as Pele, Cristiano Ronaldo and Just Fontaine on the list, scoring three goals in a single game at the World Cup is one of the greatest feats a player can achieve in their career.

This time around, at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, more players could add their names to this illustrious list, especially as for the first time the game’s biggest stars will enter the tournament in the form of mid-season – given that the competition is played in an unknown slot from November to December – a clear advantage over previous editions of the tournament.

Read more: World Cup Golden Boot winners, the full list from 1930 to 2018

List of all World Cup hat-tricks

While 48 players have already scored a hat trick at the World Cup, a total of 52 hat tricks have been scored.

The edition that saw more hat-tricks than any other so far was the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland, where eight were struck. This included two in the same match, Austria 7-5 Switzerland, opposing players Theodor Wagner and Josef Hugi.

In the history of the World Cup, only one edition of the tournament failed to score a hat trick, the 2006 World Cup which was held in Germany.

The very first hat trick at a World Cup was scored by an American, Bert Patenaude in the Uruguay 1930 tournament.

List of all hat-tricks achieved at the World Cup

Year Player Crew Opponent Arrange Final result
2018 Harry Kane England Panama Band W 6-1
2018 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Spain Band D 3-3
2014 Xherdan Shaqiri Swiss Honduras Band W 3-0
2014 Thomas Muller Germany Portugal Band W 4-0
2010 Gonzalo Higuain Argentina South Korea Band W 4-1
2002 Pauleta Portugal Poland Band W 4-0
2002 Miroslav Klose Germany Saudi Arabia Band W 8-0
1998 Gabriel Batistuta Argentina Jamaica Band W 5-0
1994 Oleg Salenko Russia Cameroon Band W 6-1
1994 Gabriel Batistuta Argentina Greece Band W 4-0
1990 Tomas Skuhravy Czechoslovakia Costa Rica Round of 16 W 4-1
1990 michael Spain South Korea Band V 3-1
1986 Emiliano Butrageuno Spain Denmark Round of 16 W 5-1
1986 Igor Belanov Soviet Union Belgium Round of 16 L 3-4 (ap)
1986 Gary Lineker England Poland Band W 3-0
1986 Preben Elkjaer Denmark Uruguay Band W 6-1
1982 Paul Rossi Italy Brazil Second group V 3-2
1982 Zbigniew Boniek Poland Belgium Second group W 3-0
1982 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge West Germany Chile Band W 4-1
1982 Laszlo’s Kiss Hungary El Salvador Band F 10-1
1978 Teofilo Cubillas Peru Iran Band W 4-1
1978 Rob Rensenbrink Netherlands Iran Band W 3-0
1974 Andrzej Szarmach Poland Haiti Band W 7-0
1974 Dusan Bajevic Yugoslavia Zaire Band W 9-0
1970 Gerd Muller West Germany Peru Band W 3-1
1970 Gerd Muller West Germany Bulgaria Band W 5-2
1966 Geoff Hurst England West Germany Final W 4-2 (ap)
1966 Eusebio Portugal North Korea Quarter-finals W 5-3
1962 Florian Albert Hungary Bulgaria Band W 6-1
1958 Just Fountain France West Germany Match for third place W 6-3
1958 Pele Brazil France Semi-finals W 5-2
1958 Just Fountain France Paraguay Band W 7-3
1954 joseph hugi Swiss Austria Quarter-finals L 5-7
1954 Theodore Wagner Austria Swiss Quarter-finals F 7-5
1954 Max Morlock West Germany Turkey Band F 7-2
1954 Burhan Sargin Turkey South Korea Band W 7-0
1954 Sandor Kocsis Hungary West Germany Band W 8-3
1954 carlos borges Uruguay Scotland Band W 7-0
1954 Erich Probst Austria Czechoslovakia Band W 5-0
1954 Sandor Kocsis Hungary South Korea Band W 9-0
1950 ademir Brazil Sweden Final group stage W 7-1
1950 Oscar Miguez Uruguay Bolivia First group stage W 8-0
1938 Harry Anderson Sweden Cuba Quarter-finals W 8-0
1938 Gustav Wetterstrom Sweden Cuba Quarter-finals W 8-0
1938 Leonidas Brazil Poland Round of 16 M 6-5 (ap)
1938 Ernst Willimowski Poland Brazil Round of 16 L 6-5 (ap)
1934 Oldrich Nejedley Czechoslovakia Germany Semi-finals V 3-1
1934 Edmond Conen Germany Belgium Round of 16 W 5-2
1934 Angelo Schiavio Italy UNITED STATES Round of 16 W 7-1
1930 Pedro Cea Uruguay Yugoslavia Semi-finals W 6-1
1930 Guillermo Stabile Argentina Mexico Band W 6-3
1930 Bert Patenaude UNITED STATES Paraguay Band W 3-0

Most World Cup hat-tricks

Although there have been 21 editions of the World Cup since its debut in 1930, only four players have scored more than one World Cup hat-trick. They are:

Sandor Kocsis — Hungary (2)

The first player to score two separate World Cup hat-tricks was Sandor Kocsis of Hungary. In the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland, the striker twice scored three goals in the group stage, once in a 9-0 victory against South Korea and once in an 8-3 victory against West Germany.

Just Fontaine — France (2)

Famous French star Just Fontaine was the second player to score two World Cup hat-tricks and again he managed to score both in the same tournament. In the 1958 edition held in Sweden, Fontaine earned their first 7-3 win over Paraguay in the group stage before scoring four goals in the third-place game against Germany. West, en route to a tournament record. 13 goals.

Gerd Muller — West Germany (2)

Just twelve years after Fontaine’s goalscoring form in Sweden, West Germany’s Gerd Muller has become the third player to score multiple World Cup hat-tricks. His two three-goal runs came in the 1970 competition held in Mexico and they came in back-to-back group stage outings. The first was scored in a 5-2 win over Bulgaria and the second in a 3-1 win over Peru.

Gabriel Batistuta — Argentina (2)

The last player on the list is Argentinian Gabriel Batistuta. Known throughout his playing career as ‘Batigol’ in reference to his goalscoring prowess, the former Fiorentina striker netted his first hat-trick against Greece in the Cup group stage World Cup 1994 in the United States. Unlike the other three players on this list, he remains the only player to score hat-tricks in different editions of the World Cup, his second coming four years later in a 5-0 demolition of Jamaica in Paris at France 1998.

Which nations have scored and conceded the most hat tricks?

In terms of team-specific hat-tricks, throughout the history of the World Cup, no nation has produced more than Germany, who have scored seven.

Ironically, Germany are also jointly the team to have conceded the most hat-tricks in World Cup tournaments with 4, alongside South Korea.

Who scored the last World Cup hat trick?

England’s Harry Kane was the last player to score a hat trick at the World Cup.

His three goals came on June 24, 2018 as the Three Lions beat Panama 6-1 in the group stage of the Russia 2018 World Cup.

The Tottenham striker kicked in two penalties in the first half before a 62nd-minute long-range strike deflected him away, completing his only World Cup hat-trick so far. By achieving his hat-trick, he became the third Englishman to achieve this feat alongside Gary Lineker (1986) and Geoff Hurst (1966).

World Cup Golden Boot winners with hat tricks

The following players have all scored a hat trick and won the golden boot or golden boot at the same World Cup tournament.

Year Player Nation Number of goals
1930 Guillermo Stabile Argentina 8
1934 Oldrich Nejedley Czechoslovakia 5
1938 Leonidas Brazil seven
1950 ademir Brazil 8
1954 Sandor Kocsis Hungary 11
1958 Just Fountain France 13
1962 Florian Albert Hungary 4
1966 Eusebio Portugal 9
1970 Gerd Muller West Germany ten
1982 Paul Rossi Italy 6
1986 Gary Lineker England 6
1994 Oleg Salenko Russia 6
2018 Harry Kane England 6

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