World Cup Hat Tricks: How Many Times Has a Player Netted Three Goals in a Game?

World Cup Hat Tricks: How Many Times Has a Player Netted Three Goals in a Game? originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

The FIFA World Cup stage is one of the biggest soccer tournaments in the world, and a soccer player completing a “hat trick” at the World Cup is one of the biggest accomplishments in a player’s career.

Since the World Cup was first held in Uruguay back in 1930, a total of 48 players have struck a hat trick on the global soccer stage with such famous names as Pele, Cristiano Ronaldo and Just Fontaine on the list.

Portugal striker Goncalo Ramos is the latest player to score a hat trick on the World Cup stage. Ramos scored the first hat trick of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 against Switzerland in the second half of the round of 16 clash at the Lusail Stadium in Qatar on Wednesday.

He scored the first goal in the 17th minute on the pitch.

He then doubled it earlier in the second half.

Here’s a look at the history of the “hat trick” in the World Cup and the players who have scored the three thrilling goals in a World Cup game:

What is a hat trick?

A “hat trick” is a player who scores three goals in the same game.

How many hat tricks have occurred in World Cup history?

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

Here’s a list of all the hat tricks scored at the World Cup:

Year

Player

Team

Opponent

Stage

Final Result

2022

Goncalo Ramos

Portugal

Switzerland

Round of 16

W 6-1

2018

Harry Kane

England

Panama

Group

W 6-1

2018

Cristiano Ronaldo

Portugal

Spain

Group

D 3-3

2014

Xherdan Shaqiri

Switzerland

Honduras

Group

W 3-0

2014

Thomas Muller

Germany

Portugal

Group

W 4-0

2010

Gonzalo Higuain

Argentina

South Korea

Group

W 4-1

2002

Pauleta

Portugal

Poland

Group

W 4-0

2002

Miroslav Klose

Germany

Saudi Arabia

Group

W 8-0

1998

Gabriel Batistuta

Argentina

Jamaica

Group

W 5-0

1994

Oleg Salenko

Russia

Cameroon

Group

W 6-1

1994

Gabriel Batistuta

Argentina

Greece

Group

W 4-0

1990

Tomas Skuhravy

Czechoslovakia

Costa Rica

Round of 16

W 4-1

1990

Michel

Spain

South Korea

Group

W 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 (aet)

1986

Gary Lineker

England

Poland

Group

W 3-0

1986

Preben Elkjaer

Denmark

Uruguay

Group

W 6-1

1982

Paolo Rossi

Italy

Brazil

Second Group

W 3-2

1982

Zbigniew Boniek

Poland

Belgium

Second Group

W 3-0

1982

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

West Germany

Chile

Group

W 4-1

1982

Laszlo Kiss

Hungary

El Salvador

Group

W 10-1

1978

Teofilo Cubillas

Peru

Iran

Group

W 4-1

1978

Rob Rensenbrink

Netherlands

Iran

Group

W 3-0

1974

Andrzej Szarmach

Poland

Haiti

Group

W 7-0

1974

Dusan Bajevic

Yugoslavia

Zaire

Group

W 9-0

1970

Gerd Muller

West Germany

Peru

Group

W 3-1

1970

Gerd Muller

West Germany

Bulgaria

Group

W 5-2

1966

Geoff Hurst

England

West Germany

Final

W 4-2 (aet)

1966

Eusebio

Portugal

North Korea

Quarterfinals

W 5-3

1962

Florian Albert

Hungary

Bulgaria

Group

W 6-1

1958

Just Fontaine

France

West Germany

Third place match

W 6-3

1958

Pele

Brazil

France

Semifinals

W 5-2

1958

Just Fontaine

France

Paraguay

Group

W 7-3

1954

Josef Hugi

Switzerland

Austria

Quarterfinals

L 5-7

1954

Theodor Wagner

Austria

Switzerland

Quarterfinals

W 7-5

1954

Max Morlock

West Germany

Turkey

Group

W 7-2

1954

Burhan Sargin

Turkey

South Korea

Group

W 7-0

1954

Sandor Kocsis

Hungary

West Germany

Group

W 8-3

1954

Carlos Borges

Uruguay

Scotland

Group

W 7-0

1954

Erich Probst

Austria

Czechoslovakia

Group

W 5-0

1954

Sandor Kocsis

Hungary

South Korea

Group

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

Quarterfinals

W 8-0

1938

Gustav Wetterstrom

Sweden

Cuba

Quarterfinals

W 8-0

1938

Leonidas

Brazil

Poland

Round of 16

W 6-5 (aet)

1938

Ernst Wilimowski

Poland

Brazil

Round of 16

L 6-5 (aet)

1934

Oldrich Nejedly

Czechoslovakia

Germany

Semifinals

W 3-1

1934

Edmund Conen

Germany

Belgium

Round of 16

W 5-2

1934

Angelo Schiavio

Italy

USA

Round of 16

W 7-1

1930

Pedro Cea

Uruguay

Yugoslavia

Semifinals

W 6-1

1930

Guillermo Stabile

Argentina

Mexico

Group

W 6-3

1930

Bert Patenaude

USA

Paraguay

Group

W 3-0

Has a player ever scored more than one hat trick in a World Cup?

Since the World Cup debut in 1930, only four players have scored more than one hat trick:

Sandor Kocsis  – Hungary (2) 

Hungary’s Sandor Kocsis of Hungary scored two different hat tricks in two World Cup group stages. His first came during the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland in a 9-0 win over South Korea and the second came in an 8-3 victory against West Germany.

Just Fontaine  – France (2)

Just Fontaine was the second player to score two World Cup hat tricks during the same tournament. In the 1958 Sweden World Cup, Fontaine netted his first hat trick in a 7-3 victory over Paraguay in the group stage and then struck four goals in the third-place match vs. West Germany.

Gerd Muller  – West Germany (2)

Just 12 years after Fontaine’s hat tricks in Sweden, West Germany’s Gerd Muller became the third player to score multiple World Cup hat tricks. Both of his three-goal performances came during the 1970 Mexico World Cup during consecutive group-stage outings. The first was scored in a 5-2 win over Bulgaria and the second in a 3-1 victory against Peru.

Gabriel Batistuta  – Argentina (2)

Argentina’s Gabriel Batistuta is the only player on the list who has scored more than one hat trick in two different World Cup editions. The Argentine striker netted his first against Greece during the 1994 World Cup group stages in the USA and his second came four years later in a 5-0 demolition of Jamaica in Paris at France in 1998.

Which nation has scored the most hat tricks in the World Cup?

Throughout World Cup history, no nation has produced more hat tricks than Germany (7).

How many hat tricks have been scored in Qatar?

Only one.

Portugal’s Goncalo Ramos scored the first hat trick of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar against Switzerland in the second half of the round of 16 clash.

Before Qatar, England’s Harry Kane was the last player to score a hat trick at the World Cup. His three strikes came on June 24, 2018, as the Three Lions defeated Panama 6-1 during the group stage of the Russia 2018 World Cup.

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