Cristiano Ronaldo is the oldest player to score a hat-trick in the World Cup.


A hat-trick for a footballer is always special and it garners more significance if it is scored in a World Cup. And when it comes to hat-tricks in World Cups, we have seen 52 instances in the history of the tournament so far.

American Bert Patenaude was the first player to score three goals in a World Cup match. While Pele, remains the youngest player to score a hat-trick at just 17 years, 244 days. While Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is the oldest at 33 years, 130 days when he scored thrice against Spain in Russia.

Former Hungarian forward Laszlo Kiss scored the fastest hat-trick as he took just seven minutes to score the three goals. Whereas, George Hurst remains the only player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final in 1966 which helped England win the trophy against West Germany. This is also the longest hat-trick in World Cup history as his first and third goal was scored in the fourth and 120th minute respectively.

Oleg Salenko remains the only player to score five goals in a World Cup match. The Russian created this record against Cameroon in the 1994 World Cup.

Four players have scored two hat-tricks in World Cup but Gabriel Batistuta is the only player to score in two different editions.

Portuguese striker Goncalo Ramos scored the first hat-trick at the 2022 World Cup, leading Portugal to a 6-1 win over Switzerland in the Round of 16.

Following is the list of all hat-tricks scored in World Cups.

Bert Patenaude (USA) – 1930

Guillermo Stabile (Argentina) – 1930

Pedro Cea (Uruguay) – 1930

Angelo Schiavio (Italy) – 1934

Edmund Cohen (Germany) – 1934

Ernst Wlimowski (Poland) – 1938

Leonidas (Brazil) – 1938

Gustav Wetterstorm (Sweden) – 1938

Harry Andersson (Sweden) – 1938

Oscar Miguez (Uruguay) – 1950

Ademir (Brazil) – 1950

Sandor Kocsis (Hungary) – 1954

Erich Probst (Austria) – 1954

Sandor Kocsis (Hungary) – 1954

Burhan Sargin (Turkey) – 1954

Max Morlock (West Germany) – 1954

Theodor Wagner (Austria) – 1954

Josef Hugi (Switzerland) – 1954

Just Fontaine (France) – 1958

Pele (Brazil) – 1958

Just Fontaine (France) – 1958

Florian Albert (Hungary) – 1962

Eusebio (Portugal) – 1966

Geoff Hurst (England) – 1966

Gerd Muller (West Germany) – 1970

Dusan Bajevic (Yugoslavia) – 1974

Andrzej Szarmach (Poland) – 1974

Rob Rensenbrik (Netherlands) – 1978

Teofilo Cubilas (Peru) – 1978

Laszlo Kiss (Hungary) – 1982

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge – 1982

Zbigniew Boniek (Poland) – 1982

Paolo Rossi (Italy) – 1982

Preben Elkjaer (Denmark) – 1986

Gary Lineker (England) – 1986

Igor Belanov (Soviet Union)- 1986

Emilio Butragueno (Spain) – 1986

Michel (Spain) – 1990

Tomas Skuhravy (Czechoslovakia) – 1990

Gabriel Batistuta (Argentina) – 1994

Oleg Salenko (Russia) – 1994

Gabriel Batistuta (Argentina) – 1998

Miroslav Klose (Germany) – 2002

Pauleta (Portugal) – 2002

Gonzalo Higuain (Argentina) – 2010

Thomas Muller (Germany) – 2014

Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland) – 2014

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) – 2018

Harry Kane (England) – 2018

Goncalo Ramos (Portugal) – 2022

By Isaac

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