The only World Cup not to have at least one hat-trick scored was the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. The record number of hat-tricks in a single World Cup tournament is eight, during the 1954 FIFA World Cup in Switzerland. As will all count down to 2022 fifa world cup in Qatar, Here are five of the greatest FIFA World Cup hat-tricks of all time:
Pelé (Brazil vs. France, 1958)
Our list begins with one of the most legendary footballers in history - Pelé. He was the youngest player ever to make a hat-trick come true in the World Cup tournament. Representing the Brazils, Pelé fought against France in the 1958 FIFA World Cup semi-final match. Before 27,000 spectators inside the stadium on that day, this young boy at the age of 17 scored his three amazing goals at the 52nd, 64th, and 75th minute.
Paolo Rossi (Italy vs. Brazil, 1982)
No one could ever feel the same pressure as Paolo Rossi during the 1982 FIFA World Cup. Being banned from playing professionally for 2 years before the kickoff of the 1982 FIFA World Cup due to a match-fixing scandal, he was expected to fail the game. Unimaginable, with the determination to prove himself, Rossi played a whole tournament with flying colors. He was the top goal-scorer of that World Cup tournament with a total of 6 goals. And his epic hat-trick came in the 3-2 victory against the Brazil team.
Gerd Müller (West Germany vs. Bulgaria, and Peru, 1970)
Nikodimov put Bulgaria into the lead after 12 minutes from a free kick, but West Germany soon fought back and were 2-1 ahead at half-time, thanks to Libuda (20 mins) and Müller (27). In the second half the Germans extended their lead with goals from Müller (52, pen) and Seeler (67).Müller completed his hat-trick with a goal in the 88th minute, followed immediately by Bulgaria's second goal, scored by Todor Kolev, whose brother Ivan played in the 1962 and 1966 World cup
Gonzalo Higuain (Argentina vs. South Korea, 2010)
In the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Gonzalo Higuaín joined Guillermo Stábile and Gabriel Batistuta (no. 6 on our list) as the third Argentinian to score a hat-trick in a World Cup. This is a poacher’s hat-tick, with Higuain being in the right place at the right time, every time. When you do that three times in a World Cup, there’s a lot more than just luck at play. The first goal, and Higuaín’s first World Cup finals goal, came as the result of a floating cross from Maxi Rodríguez outside the box and into the penalty area.
The ball was headed on once more by Nicolás Burdisso, and there was Higuaín waiting at the far post. Higuaín’s second goal arrived as the result of a sensational run by Messi from the halfway line. A quick, one-two pass between Messi and Sergio Agüero at the top of the box, led to a shot from Messi bouncing off the post and Higuaín was there, once again, to make sure with a simple tap-in. Higuaín’s third and final goal came from subsequent chips between Messi and Agüero in the box, with Higuaín ready and waiting at the far post for an easy header.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal vs. Spain, 2018)
Cristiano Ronaldo is definitely one of the talked-after names in the football world during the twenty-first century. Starting from his legacy at the club level to his international contribution, he always proved his worth for his teams. Besides, he also achieved the prestigious Ballon d’Or award five times, a feat only surpassed by one of the highest-paid soccer players Lionel Messi.
CR7 scored a brilliant hat-trick against Spain at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. He played a brilliant group-stage match on 15th June 2018 against the Spanish team and scored three goals. He scored his first goal from a penalty at the 4th minute followed by his second goal at the 44th minute. Cristiano then scored his third and final goal at the 88th minute of the game.
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