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7 players with most international hat-tricks in football history

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#4 Lionel Messi (Argentina) - 7

Lionel Messi led Argentina to the Copa America 2021 title this summer.
Lionel Messi led Argentina to the Copa America 2021 title this summer.

Lionel Messi scored an unbelievable long-range effort for Argentina during their 3-0 triumph against Uruguay in a FIFA World Cup Qualifier clash on Monday. With that effort, the attacker extended his record goal tally for Argentina to 80 goals and 59 assists in 155 games.

The PSG attacker also ranks fourth among the players with the most hat-tricks in international football. He has scored three goals in one match for the Albiceleste on seven occasions thus far. Switzerland, Brazil, Guatemala, Panama, Ecuador, Haiti and Bolivia make up the seven nations Messi has scored hat-tricks against.

Lionel Messi is currently enjoying his brightest days in international football, having led Argentina to the Copa America 2021 title this summer. With the FIFA World Cup scheduled to be held in Qatar next year, the PSG forward will look to make history with the national team once again.

#3 Ali Daei (Iran) - 8

The Iranian has eight hat-tricks to his name.
The Iranian has eight hat-tricks to his name.

In a sport that is dominated by superstars from Europe and South America, Ali Daei deserves a lot of praise for ranking among the players with the most international hat-tricks.

Only two men in international football history have scored 109 goals:🇮🇷 Ali Daei🇵🇹 Cristiano RonaldoRECORD. EQUALLED. 🤯 https://t.co/TGj51Q1RPF

The former Iran striker has an enviable record of eight hat-tricks to his name, the third-most in international football history. He is also the most prolific Asian player of all time, scoring 109 goals in 149 games for the Iranian national team.

#2 Sven Rydell (Sweden) - 9

The forward represented Sweden in the 20s and 30s.
The forward represented Sweden in the 20s and 30s.

Sven Rydell played as a forward for Sweden during his playing days. He represented his national team in the 1920s and 30s, scoring 49 goals in 43 matches. The attacker was the leading goalscorer for his country for 80 years before Zlatan Ibrahimovic surpassed him on September 4 2014.

Rydell's 49 goals for Sweden comprised nine hat-tricks, making him the player with the second-most hat-tricks in international football history. The likes of Poland, Belgium, Egypt, Norway (thrice), Latvia, Finland and the Netherlands make up the teams he scored three or more goals against.


#1 Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) - 10

Cristiano Ronaldo is the leading goalscorer in men's international football.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the leading goalscorer in men's international football.

Cristiano Ronaldo was the star of the show as Portugal defeated Luxembourg 5-0 in a FIFA World Cup qualifier on Tuesday. The attacker added another hat-trick to his name during the game, scoring twice from the spot and once from open play.

🔟 International hat-tricks for Cristiano Ronaldo 💥 https://t.co/ydUDlSNjgp

It was Ronaldo's tenth hat-trick in international football, breaking a tie with Sweden legend Sven Rydell. The Portuguese is also the leading goalscorer in men's international football, with 115 goals and 41 assists in 182 appearances.

Cristiano Ronaldo has had a splendid career with Portugal, winning the European Championship in 2016 and the UEFA Nations League in 2019. With 32 trophies in his cabinet and numerous individual accolades, the Manchester United forward will go down as one of the most decorated footballers in history.


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