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Oxford dictionary describes a hat trick as “Three successes of the same kind within a limited period, in particular (in soccer) the scoring of three goals in a game by one player or (in cricket) the taking of three wickets by the same bowler with successive balls.” This article is about the Best Hat-Trick Scorers of the FIFA World Cup, so get a throwback to some of the marvelous moments of the football history.

The word came into being from its original usage in the 19th century when it referred to the presentation of a new hat or its equivalent by a club to its bowler for taking three successive wickets. The term soon started to be used in regular life of people as well. In sports, a hat trick is considered a veritable success in the course of the match. Let’s take a look at the Top 10 Best Hat-Trick Scorers of the FIFA World Cup.

Top 10 Best Hat-Trick Scorers of the FIFA World Cup

Geoff Hurst

The final match of the 1966 FIFA World Cup in England was played between England and West Germany on 30th July 1966. A total of 96,924 spectators had attended the 1966 FIFA World Cup Final match at Wembley Stadium, London. English national footballer Geoff Hurst scored three marvelous goals in 18, 98 and 120 minutes of gameplay against West Germany that day which is inducted in the top place in our list of top 10 best hat-trick scorers of the FIFA world cup. Followed by the hat-trick of legendary English footballer Geoff Hurst, England won the 1966 FIFA World Cup Final against West Germany by 4-2 score in added time. Swiss referee Gottfried Dienst acted as the match official of that world cup final. The hat-trick of Geoff Hurst remains the only hat-trick scored in any world cup final till date.

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Ademir

The Semi-final of 1950 FIFA World Cup in Brazil was played between Brazil and Sweden on 9th July 1950. A total of 138,886 spectators had attended the 1950 FIFA World Cup Semi-final match at Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro. Brazilian national footballer Ademir scored four marvelous goals in 17, 36, 52 and 58 minutes of gameplay against Sweden that day which is inducted in the second place in our list of top 10 best hat-trick scorers of the FIFA world cup. Followed by the hat-trick of Ademir, Brazil won the 1950 FIFA World Cup Semi-final against Sweden by 7-1 score. English referee Arthur Ellis acted as the match official of that world cup game.

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Pelé

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The Semi-final of the 1958 FIFA World Cup in Sweden was played between Brazil and France on 24th June 1958. A total of 27,100 spectators had attended the 1958 FIFA World Cup Semi-final match at Råsunda Stadium, Solna. Brazilian national footballer Pelé scored three marvelous goals in 52, 64 and 75 minutes of gameplay against France that day which is inducted in the third place in our list of top 10 best hat-trick scorers of FIFA world cup. Followed by the hat-trick of legendary footballer Pelé, Brazil won the 1958 FIFA World Cup Semi-final against France 5-2 score. Wales referee Benjamin Griffiths acted as the match official of that world cup game.

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Oldřich Nejedlý

The Semi-final of 1934 FIFA World Cup in Italy was played between Czechoslovakia and Germany on 3rd June 1934. A total of 15,000 spectators had attended the 1934 FIFA World Cup Semi-final match at Stadio Nazionale PNF, Rome. Czechoslovakian national footballer Oldřich Nejedlý scored three marvelous goals in 19, 71 and 80 minutes of gameplay against Germany that day which is inducted in the fourth place in our list of top 10 best hat-trick scorers of the FIFA world cup. Followed by the hat-trick of Oldřich Nejedlý, Czechoslovakia won the 1934 FIFA World Cup Semi-final against Germany by 3-1 score. Italian referee Rinaldo Barlassina acted as the match official of that world cup game.

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Pedro Cea

The Semi-final of the 1930 FIFA World Cup in Uruguay was played between Uruguay and Yugoslavia on 27th July 1930. A total of 79,867 spectators had attended the 1930 FIFA World Cup Semi-final match at Estadio Centenario, Montevideo. Uruguayan national footballer Pedro Cea scored three marvelous goals in 18, 67 and 72 minutes of gameplay against Yugoslavia that day which is inducted in the fifth place in our list of top 10 best hat-trick scorers of the FIFA world cup. Followed by the hat-trick of Pedro Cea, Uruguay won the 1930 FIFA World Cup Semi-final against Yugoslavia by 6-1 score. Brazilian referee Gilberto de Almeida Rêgo acted as the match official of that world cup game.

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Just Fontaine

The third-place playoff of the 1958 FIFA World Cup in Sweden was played between France and West Germany on 28th June 1958. A total of 32,483 spectators had attended the 1958 FIFA World Cup third place playoff match at Ullevi, Gothenburg. French national footballer Just Fontaine scored four marvelous goals in 16, 36, 78 and 89 minutes of gameplay against West Germany that day which is inducted in the sixth place in our list of top 10 best hat-trick scorers of the FIFA world cup. Followed by the hat-trick of Just Fontaine, France won the 1958 FIFA World Cup third-place playoff against West Germany by 6-3 score. Argentine referee Brozzi acted as the match official of that world cup game.

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Eusébio

The Quarter-final of the 1966 FIFA World Cup in England was played between Portugal and North Korea on 23rd July 1966. A total of 40,248 spectators had attended the 1966 FIFA World Cup Quarter-final match at Goodison Park, Liverpool. Portuguese national footballer Eusébio scored four marvelous goals in 27, 43, 56 and 59 minutes of gameplay against North Korea that day which is inducted in the seventh place in our list of top 10 best hat-trick scorers of the FIFA world cup. Followed by the hat-trick of Eusébio, Portugal won the 1966 FIFA World Cup Quarter-final against North Korea by 5-3 score. Israeli referee Menachem Ashkenazi acted as the match official of that world cup game.

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Josef Hügi

The Quarter-final of the 1954 FIFA World Cup in Switzerland was played between Austria and Switzerland on 26th June 1954. A total of 35,000 spectators had attended the 1954 FIFA World Cup Quarter-final match at Stade Olympique de la Pontaise, Lausanne. Swiss national footballer Josef Hügi scored three marvelous goals in 17, 19 and 58 minutes of gameplay against Austria that day which is inducted in the eighth place in our list of top 10 best hat-trick scorers of the FIFA world cup. Irrespective of the hat-trick of Josef Hügi, Austria won the 1954 FIFA World Cup Quarter-final against Switzerland by 7-5 score. Scottish referee Charlie Faultless acted as the match official of that world cup game.

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Theodor Wagner

The Quarter-final of the 1954 FIFA World Cup in Switzerland was played between Austria and Switzerland on 26th June 1954. A total of 35,000 spectators had attended the 1954 FIFA World Cup Quarter-final match at Stade Olympique de la Pontaise, Lausanne. Austrian national footballer Theodor Wagner scored three marvelous goals in 25, 27 and 53 minutes of gameplay against Switzerland that day which is inducted in the ninth place in our list of top 10 best hat-trick scorers of the FIFA world cup. Followed by the hat-trick of Theodor Wagner, Austria won the 1954 FIFA World Cup Quarter-final against Switzerland by 7-5 score. Scottish referee Charlie Faultless acted as the match official of that world cup game.

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Harry Andersson

The Quarter-final of the 1938 FIFA World Cup in France was played between Sweden and Cuba on 12th June 1938. A total of 7,000 spectators had attended the 1938 FIFA World Cup Quarter-final match at Stade du Fort Carré, Antibes. Swedish national footballer Harry Andersson scored three marvelous goals in 9, 81 and 89 minutes of gameplay against Cuba that day which is inducted in the tenth place in our list of top 10 best hat-trick scorers of the FIFA world cup. Followed by the hat-trick of Harry Andersson, Sweden won the 1938 FIFA World Cup Quarter-final against Cuba by 8-0 score. Czechoslovakian referee Augustin Krist acted as the match official of that world cup game.

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Hat tricks have managed to create many an exciting moment in the history of sports. These are not always easy to achieve, nor can they be planned from beforehand. It’s also true that a hat trick or two does not ensure that the team will win. But, it definitely enhances the condition of the team, and gives it confidence to take the opponent down.

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