Scoring a goal at a tournament such as the UEFA Champions League is a prestigious task in itself, and when you get three, it is nothing short of spectacular. Over the years, we have seen some brilliant goal scorers in Europe and here, we look at the cream of the crop.
Here are five players with most Champions League hat-tricks:
5. Filippo Inzaghi - 3
The famed Italian forward played for a number of Serie A clubs, but his most notable spells came with Juventus and Milan. As an Milan player, Pippo won two Champions League trophies in 2003 and 2007 and is currently the tournament's fourth-highest goal scorer with 70 goals, behind Raul, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
4. Mario Gomez - 3
This VfB Stuttgart faithful may not be as prolific as some of the other names on our list, but sure did make his chances count at the tournament of elites. The German international, so far, has featured in just 16 Champions League games but has a whopping 26 goals by his name, with 23 of them coming during his time with Bayern Munich.
3. Luiz Adriano - 3
The Spartak Moscow star had all the potential to become one of the finest players. Sadly, things did not pan out the way the Brazilian had hoped. Since making his Champions League debut with Shakhtar Donetsk in 2008, Adriano has played a total of 47 Champions League matches, so far, scoring 21 goals.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo - 7
Sitting pretty quite ahead of the curve is Cristiano Ronaldo with his 7 hat-tricks. Since making his Champions League debut with Manchester United in 2003, the tournament's leading goal scorer has scored a whopping 120 goals in 154 appearances, winning five Champions League titles.
Ronaldo is undoubtedly a modern-day icon and his 7 trebles show just how imperious he is at the tournament.
1. Lionel Messi - 8
He may be trailing Cristiano Ronaldo on goals, but with the well-taken hat-trick against PSV Eindhoven, he has leap-frogged the Portuguese international on this list. Barcelona's majestic number 10 couldn't do enough in the last three years, but this time, he looks scarily dedicated to turn it around.
The 4-time Champions League winner has made 126 appearances so far, scoring 103 goals.