The UEFA Champions League is without doubt the most prestigious club competition in the world, with a number of top teams taking part in the competition, in order to win the trophy. There have been a plethora of great players who have played in the competition both in present and at present, and here we take a look at five players who have scored the most hat-tricks in the history of the tournament.
1. Lionel Messi - 8 hat-tricks in 149 games
Widely considered to be the greatest player in the history of the sport, Lionel Messi has been brilliant in the Champions League during his career and tops this list with 8 hat-tricks, all for Barcelona. His exploits on the pitch has ensured that he has won the competition four times so far.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo - 8 hat-tricks in 176 games
The all-time highest goalscorer in Champions League history and one who has won it five times so far, Cristiano Ronaldo is in the eyes of many the best player to grace the competition. The Portugal icon has hit the same number of hat-tricks as his great rival, but has taken more games to do it.
3. Mario Gomez - 3 hat-tricks in 44 games
Mario Gomez has perhaps not got the credit that he deserved, considering that he was deadly in front of goal especially for Stuttgart and Bayern Munich during his career. The former German international played a key role in Bayern winning the 2013 Champions League trophy and if he played for more time, there is no doubt that he would have added to his tally.
4. Luiz Adriano - 3 hat-tricks in 47 games
Known primarily for his time at Shakhtar Donetsk, Luiz Adriano was unstoppable at his best, leading the club to numerous honours during his time in Ukraine. He was also deadly whenever he got the chance in Europe, as seen by the 3 hat-tricks he scored in the competition.
5. Neymar - 3 hat-tricks in 65 games
One of the biggest talents in the world, Neymar is considered to be one of the best players in the world and arguably, the most skillful of his generation. The Brazilian was brilliant for Barcelona during his time at the Nou Camp, leading them to the 2015 title - and despite his detractors at Paris, he was instrumental in taking them to their first ever final last season.