Since the inception of the UEFA Champions League in 1992, 77 players from 32 countries have scored three goals (a hat-trick) or more in a single match on a total of 93 occasions for 42 different clubs in 15 different leagues. The first player to achieve the feat was Juul Ellerman, who scored three times for PSV Eindhoven in a 6–0 victory over FK Vilnius on 16 September 1992.
Twelve players have scored more than three goals in a match; of these, only Lionel Messi has achieved this more than once, and only Messi and Luiz Adriano have scored five. The other ten players to achieve this feat are; Marco van Basten, Simone Inzaghi, Dado Pršo, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Andriy Shevchenko, Bafétimbi Gomis, Mario Gómez, Robert Lewandowski, Zlatan Ibrahimović, and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Messi has scored three or more goals seven times in the Champions League, more than any other player. Filippo Inzaghi, Mario Gómez and Luiz Adriano have done it on three occasions, while Andy Cole, Michael Owen, Samuel Eto'o, Marco Simone, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Roy Makaay, Roberto Soldado, Didier Drogba, Adriano, Andriy Shevchenko and Robert Lewandowski have scored two hat-tricks. Nine of the players have each scored hat-tricks for two or more different clubs: Inzaghi (Juventus and Milan), Owen (Liverpool and Manchester United), Eto'o (Barcelona and Internazionale), Simone (Milan and Monaco), Van Nistelrooy (PSV Eindhoven and Manchester United), Makaay (Deportivo and Bayern Munich), Shevchenko (Dynamo Kyiv and Milan), Drogba (Marseille and Chelsea) and Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich).
Only Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Adriano (Internazionale), Gómez (Bayern Munich), Soldado (Valencia) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) have scored hat-tricks in two consecutive seasons. The longest spell between two hat-tricks was achieved by Owen, who scored his first hat-trick on 22 October 2002 for Liverpool and his second over seven years later on 8 December 2009 for Manchester United.
The shortest spell between two hat-tricks was achieved by Luiz Adriano, who scored hat-tricks in back-to-back games for Shakhtar Donetsk against BATE Borisov on 21 October and 5 November in the 2014-15 UEFA Champions League. Only three other players have scored hat-tricks in the same season: Lionel Messi scored two hat-tricks in the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League for Barcelona, with the first on 1 November 2011 and the second six months later on 7 March 2012; Mario Gómez scored a hat-trick for Bayern Munich on 2 November 2011 and another four goals on 13 March 2012; Cristiano Ronaldo scored three goals for Real Madrid on 15 September 2015, another four on 8 December 2015, and another three on 12 April 2016.
Bafétimbi Gomis holds the record for the quickest Champions League hat-trick, netting three times for French team Lyon against Croatian team Dinamo Zagreb in 7 minutes on 7 December 2011. The record was previously held for 16 years by Mike Newell, who scored a hat-trick for English team Blackburn Rovers against Norwegian team Rosenborg on 6 December 1995 in 9 minutes.
The youngest scorer of a Champions League hat-trick was Raúl, who scored a hat-trick for Real Madrid against Ferencváros aged 18 years and 114 days. Wayne Rooney also scored a Champions League hat-trick at the age of 18, when he scored for Manchester United against Fenerbahçe.
The 2004–05 season held the record for the most hat-tricks in a season, with eight. The record was equaled in 2013–14.
As of 8 March 2017
The following table lists the number of hat-tricks scored by players who have scored two or more hat-tricks.
Bold indicates players active in the competition in the 2016–17 season.