The 21st Century has been dominated by two phenomenal players, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Both players enjoy a big following globally because of the high bar they both have set for other professional players to reach. Two players with impeccable dominance in their field, make us wonder who has more hat-tricks, Messi or Ronaldo? Read to find out more
Messi has scored a total of 51 hat-tricks throughout his career. The 32-year-old player has shown no signs of slowing down his streak. His first hat-trick was scored against Real Madrid in the Spanish Liga on 10 March 2007. Messi has eight hat-tricks in the UEFA Champions League. Messi has scored 33 hat-tricks in La Liga. His most recent hat-trick was against Real Betis in March 2019. Messi has scored six hat-tricks representing his native Argentina.
Cristiano Ronaldo interestingly has one hat-trick more than his Argentine rival. The star Juventus F.C. player has 52 career hat-tricks to his name. Interestingly, even Ronaldo has eight hat-tricks in the UEFA Champions League. Cristiano has played for Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus. He has scored one hat-trick yet for Juventus against Atlético Madrid in the UEFA Champions League last season.
It is clear that Cristiano Ronaldo has scored more hat-tricks than Lionel Messi. But this verdict doesn't prove which player is better than the other. The existence of such ace players in the modern era of football is worth celebrating by the people who enjoy the beautiful game. Pitting Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi against each other to claim who is superior will be something every true football fan should shy away from doing!