Scoring a hat-trick in a World Cup is a relatively rare event as only 52 hat-tricks have been scored in over 800 matches in the 21 editions of the World Cup tournament.
The first hat-trick ever scored in the FIFA world cup tournament, was scored in July 1930 by American footballer, Bert Patenaude, and ever since then fifty (52) hat-tricks have been scored in the World cup tournament already.
The record number of hat-tricks in a single World Cup tournament is eight, however the only World Cup not to have at least one hat-trick scored was the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.
In this piece, we will be taking a look at four notable players who have scored more than FIFA world cup hat-trick.
Here are 4 of the greatest players to have scored more than one FIFA World Cup hat-tricks of all time:
4. GABRIEL BATISTUTA – ARGENTINA (2 HAT-TRICKS SCORED)
Gabriel Batistuta had his first World Cup hat-trick against Greece in 1994, while his second was in a 1998 group match against Jamaica, exactly four years later. Gabriel Batistuta became the first ever player to notch hat-tricks at successive World Cups.
3. GERD MULLER – GERMANY (2 HAT-TRICKS SCORED)
German International, Gerd Muller, became only the third player to ever achieve two hat-tricks in one World Cup, at the 1970 FIFA tournament. He scored hat-tricks in back-to-back matches for West Germany against Bulgaria and Peru at the 1970 World Cup.
2. JUST FONTAINE – FRANCE (2 HAT-TRICKS SCORED)
Just Fontaine, became the second player to ever achieve two hat-tricks in one World Cup, after he scored 3 goals against Paraguay and 4 against West Germany in the 1958, Sweden World Cup tournament. The French International Scored both at the Group Stage and Third Place matches respectively.
1. SANDOR KOCSIS – HUNGARY (2 HAT-TRICKS SCORED)
Hungarian Legend, Sandor Kocsis, was the first player recorded to have scored more than one world cup hat-tricks. He was the first player to score two hat-tricks in one world cup. The Hungarian scored in two consecutive group stage matches against, South Korea and West Germany, in the 1954 Switzerland, World Cup.
That’s all, on our list of players to have ever scored more than one World Cup hat-tricks