Opinion

5 Players Who Have Scored the Most Hat-tricks in the 21st Century

Arjun Singh Devgan
Cristiano Ronaldo tops the list for most number of hat-tricks scored in the 21st century
Cristiano Ronaldo tops the list for most number of hat-tricks scored in the 21st century / Enrico Locci/Getty Images
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There have been a number of great strikers who have graced the beautiful game throughout it's history and the 21st century has seen a slew of them emerge on the scene. While scoring a goal is always special, netting a hat-trick is not what everyone gets to do and here we take a look at five players who have scored the most trebles this century.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo - 57 Hat-tricks, 1022 games

Juventus  v SS Lazio - Serie A
Juventus v SS Lazio - Serie A / Stefano Guidi/Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo has in the last decade solidified his place as the most deadly goalscorer in world football, with his excellence in front of goal seen by the number of goals he has scored during his career. The 36-year-old tops the list with 57 hat-tricks - a number that is staggering.

2. Lionel Messi - 54 Hat-tricks, 908 games

Lionel Messi
FC Barcelona v SD Huesca - La Liga Santander / David Ramos/Getty Images

There are no words left to describe the genius that is Lionel Messi, with the Barcelona icon continuing to create new records on a regular basis. The striker is still 33-years-old and will no doubt continue to his tally of 34 as time progresses.

3. Luis Suarez - 29 Hat-tricks, 688 games

Luis Suarez
Atletico de Madrid v RC Celta - La Liga Santander / Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Luis Suarez has without doubt been one of the best strikers over the past decade, with the Uruguayan impressing on a consistent basis for both club and country. While he has come in for criticism for his actions on the field, the 34-year-old when on form is unstoppable.

4. Robert Lewandowski - 24 Hat-tricks, 626 games

Robert Lewandowski
Bayern München v SS Lazio - UEFA Champions League Round Of 16 Leg Two / Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Robert Lewandowski has established himself as arguably the best striker in the world over the past two-three years, with the Polish hitman scoring goals in droves for Bayern Munich. The 32-year-old was perhaps unfortunate to see the Ballon d'Or award ceremony cancelled last year as he was the favourite to win his maiden honour.

5. Mario Gomez - 18 Hat-tricks, 510 games

Mario Gomez
VfB Stuttgart v SV Darmstadt 98 - Second Bundesliga / Christian Kaspar-Bartke/Getty Images

A prolific goalscorer for both club and country, Mario Gomez was especially great for Stuttgart and Bayern Munich - a time where he was one of the best in the business. The former German international only recently retired after helping Stuttgart secure promotion back to the Bundesliga.

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