• According to the UEFA website, 93 players have scored a hat-trick in the Champions League

  • Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are tied with eight hat-tricks each

  • Find out key statistics and records relating to Champions League hat-tricks here!


The Champions League is the pinnacle of club football. Without a shadow of a doubt, this is the competition that every young footballer wants to win.

While some never manage to get their hands on the famous Champions League trophy, others thrive on the big stage.

Some players have taken the Champions League by storm, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi dominating the competition for over a decade.

These superstars of world football crop up regularly amidst Champions League records and that is testament to their impact on Europe’s elite club competition.

There’s nothing quite like scoring a Champions League hat-trick. It is, quite frankly, the stuff of dreams and a treble can have a major effect on betting odds.

Here, we look at some of the records associated with scoring a hat-trick in the Champions League. From the most hat-tricks to the oldest hat-trick scorer, we’ve got everything you need to know…

Most Champions League Hat-Tricks

According to the official UEFA website, a total of 93 players have scored a hat-trick in the Champions League.

The odds in Champions League final betting markets for a hat-trick in the final are very slim indeed – there has never been a treble scored in the tournament’s finale.

  • Lionel Messi – 8 (Barcelona)

  • Cristiano Ronaldo – 8 (Real Madrid 7, Juventus 1)

  • Robert Lewandowski – 5 (Borussia Dortmund 1, Bayern Munich 4)

  • Karim Benzema – 4 (Real Madrid)

  • Filippo Inzaghi – 3 (Juventus 2, AC Milan 1)

  • Mario Gomez – 3 (Bayern Munich)

  • Luiz Adriano – 3 (Shakhtar Donetsk)

  • Neymar – 3 (Barcelona 1, Paris Saint-Germain 2)

Most Hat-Tricks In A Champions League Season

Cristiano Ronaldo had the greatest individual Champions League campaign in 2015/16 as he notched a record three hat-tricks throughout the competition.

The Portugal legend was central to Real Madrid’s success that year as Los Blancos went on to lift the trophy after beating Atletico Madrid at the San Siro.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo (2015/16) – 3

  • Karim Benzema (2021/22) – 2

  • Robert Lewandowski (2021/22) – 2

  • Cristiano Ronaldo (2016/17) – 2

  • Lionel Messi (2011/12 and 2016/17) – 2

  • Luiz Adriano (2014/15) – 2

  • Mario Gomez (2011/12) – 2

Best Season For Champions League Hat-Tricks

The 2019/20 Champions League campaign was a sight to behold. Incredibly, a record tally of 10 hat-tricks were scored in the competition.

While Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi both miss out on this list, some of the best strikers in world football make the cut – including Robert Lewandowski and Erling Haaland.

Both players will feature prominently in Champions League predictions next season but will Haaland still be at Borussia Dortmund or is he destined for a move to the Premier League?

  • Erling Haaland - (Salzburg 6-2 Genk, 17/09/2019)

  • Mislav Oršić - (GNK Dinamo 4-0 Atalanta, 18/09/2019)

  • Serge Gnabry - (Tottenham 2-7 Bayern, 01/10/2019)

  • Raheem Sterling - (Manchester City 5-1 Atalanta, 22/10/2019)

  • Kylian Mbappé - (Club Brugge 0-5 Paris Saint-Germain, 22/10/2019)

  • Rodrygo - (Real Madrid 6-0 Galatasaray, 06/11/2019)

  • Robert Lewandowski - (Crvena Zvezda 0-6 Bayern, 26/11/2019)

  • Arkadiusz Milik - (Napoli 4-0 Genk, 10/12/2019)

  • Gabriel Jesus - (GNK Dinamo 1-4 Manchester City, 11/12 2019)

  • Josip Iličić - (Valencia 3-4 Atalanta, 10/03/2020)

Fastest Hat-Tricks In Champions League History

Raheem Sterling’s 11-minute treble against Atalanta in 2019 was quick but it only put him third on the list of fastest Champions League hat-tricks.

Raheem Sterling fastest hat tricks


Here, you can see the quickest hat-tricks scored in the history of the Champions League.

  • 8 mins - Bafétimbi Gomis (Dinamo Zagreb 1-7 Lyon, 07/12/2011)

  • 9 mins - Mike Newell (Blackburn 4-1 Rosenborg, 06/12/1995)

  • 11 mins - Raheem Sterling (Manchester City 5-1 Atalanta, 22/10/2019)

  • 11 mins - Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid 8-0 Malmö, 08/12/2015)

  • 12 mins - Robert Lewandowski (Bayern 7-1 Salzburg, 08/03/22)

  • 12 mins - Robert Lewandowski (Crvena zvezda 0-6 Bayern, 26/11/2019)

  • 12 mins - Luiz Adriano (BATE Borisov 0-7 Shakhtar, 21/10/2014)

Who Is The Youngest Player To Score A Hat-Trick In Champions League History?

Real Madrid and Spain legend Raul Gonzalez announced himself on the European stage with a hat-trick against Ferencvaros in 1995.

At just 18 years and 114 days old, the Los Blancos striker notched his sport in the history books as he became the youngest hat-trick scorer in the Champions League.

Who Is The Oldest Player To Score A Hat-Trick In Champions League History?

Another Real Madrid player to feature on this list, Karim Benzema was 34 years and 108 days old when he scored a hat-trick against Chelsea in the 2021/22 quarter-finals.

Benzema Champions League hat trick


Benzema’s treble at Stamford Bridge turned out to be decisive as Real Madrid advanced to the semi-finals of the competition – and it cemented his spot in Champions League history.

Champions League Debut Hat-Tricks

Making your debut in the Champions League is special but scoring a hat-trick on your debut in the competition is something else.

At the time of writing, only 10 players have managed to score a hat-trick on their Champions League debut and that makes this a very exclusive club.

The first player to do so was the great Marco van Basten while Sebastien Haller is the most recent inductee to the Champions League hat-trick debut group.

  • Marco van Basten - (AC Milan 4-0 IFK Göteborg, 25/11/1992)

  • Faustino Asprilla - (Newcastle United 3-2 Barcelona, 17/09/1997)

  • Yakubu Aiyegbeni - (Maccabi Haifa 3-0 Olympiacos, 24/09/2002)

  • Wayne Rooney - (Manchester United 6-2 Fenerbahçe, 28/09/2004)

  • Vincenzo Iaquinta - (Udinese 3-0 Panathinaikos, 14/09/2004)

  • Grafite - (Wolfsburg 3-1 CSKA Moskva, 15/09/2009)

  • Yacine Brahimi - (Porto 6-0 BATE Borisov, 17/09/2014)

  • Erling Haaland - (Salzburg 6-2 Genk, 17/09/2019)

  • Mislav Oršić - (GNK Dinamo 4-0 Atalanta, 18/09/2019)

  • Sébastien Haller - (Sporting CP 1-5 Ajax, 15/9/2021)

Most Goals In A Champions League Game

While a four-goal haul has been hit on 16 occasions in the Champions League, only two players can boast about scoring five goals in a fixture.

Lionel Messi is one. The other? No, not Ronaldo. Luiz Adriano defied the odds to score five goals in Shakhtar’s 7-0 thrashing of BATE Borisov back in 2014.

Messi, meanwhile, scored five goals in Barcelona’s 7-1 thumping of Bayer Leverkusen at Camp Nou in 2012.

Lewandowski deserves a token mention here, scoring four goals in a Champions League match on two occasions but a fifth goal eluded him in both matches.

  • Lionel Messi – 5 (Barcelona 7-1 Leverkusen, 07/03/2012)

  • Luiz Adriano – 5 (BATE 0-7 Shakhtar, 21/10/2014)

Most Champions League Goals Without A Hat-Trick

Thomas Muller is the most prolific player in Champions League history without scoring a hat-trick.

Despite scoring 52 times in the competition, Muller has never scored three or more goals in a Champions League match.

Thomas Muller no hat trick


He has been part of a team who embarked upon one of the longest unbeaten runs in Champions League history but the presence of Lewandowski has impacted his goal-scoring ability.

Some of the deadliest strikers to feature in Europe’s elite club competition appear on this list but a Champions League hat-trick is not on their resumé just yet…

  • Thomas Müller – 52 (Bayern)

  • Edinson Cavani – 33 (Napoli, Paris Saint-Germain)

  • Patrick Kluivert – 29 (Ajax, Barcelona, PSV Eindhoven)

  • Arjen Robben – 29 (PSV Eindhoven, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Bayern)

  • David Trezeguet – 29 (Monaco, Juventus)


*Credit for all of the photos in this article belongs to AP Photo*

 

FIRST PUBLISHED: 3rd May 2022

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Alex is a sports betting tipster, specialising in Premier League football, the Champions League and horse racing.

He loves placing a weekly accumulator on the football at the weekend and dreams of landing the big winner that will take him back to Las Vegas.

As well as writing sports betting tips for 888sport since 2015, Alex has produced content for several international media companies, such as Goal.com and The SPORTBible.