Most hat-tricks : Unraveling through the pages of La Liga

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There are speculations whether Cristiano Ronaldo is displeased with the club’s transfer policy and if that would make him return to Manchester United in near future. But, evidently enough, nothing is coming in the way of his goal-scoring ability as he has scored his second hat-trick in three days. After Deportivo, it was Elche’s turn to suffer a humiliating defeat, thanks to the Galacticos’ formidable firepower upfront.

The Portuguese international, after conceding a penalty to see his team go one goal behind, took the charge to rampage through the opponent defense and scored four goals in the process. With two consecutive hat-tricks, the winger has bagged 21 La Liga hat-tricks so far and is now only one step away from having yet another record in his illustrious career.

We will go through the top five players in the list of most La Liga hat-tricks ever.

(Statistics taken till 24 Sep. 14)

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5. Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

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Golden ball winner of FIFA World Cup 2014 is at the fifth position of the list, with 18 hat-tricks he scored for Barcelona. His last hat-trick in La Liga came against rivals Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on 23rd March, 2014.

Messi started his La Liga career in 2004 and for the last 10 years, he has always been at the top of his form. The Argentine, four times Ballon d’Or winner, is only 5 goals away from becoming the League’s top scorer ever. He started this season with 2 goals against Elche but is suffering from an injury at the moment.

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4. Edmundo Suarez (Valencia, CD Alcoyano)

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During the second World War, Edmundo Suarez was one player who mesmerized Spanish football followers with his extraordinary goal-scoring abilities. In 1939, he signed a contract with Athletic Bilbao but soon enough, due to Spanish Civil War, he had to move to some other team and he started playing for Valencia. Edmundo stayed in Valencia for eleven seasons between 1939–40 and 1949-50. Afterwards, he joined CD Alcoyano, which was also a top-flight Spanish team.

In this career, Suarez scored 19 hat-tricks and obtained an astonishing average of 0.92 goals per game, helping him secure the ninth spot in the list of all-time highest scorers of the league.

 

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3. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

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Since his move from Manchester United, he has been in great form over the seasons and within 5 years, he has moved to the third position in this list with 21 hat-tricks. One more and he will go to the top spot at once.

In the last two matches, Ronaldo has also moved up to the tenth spot of the all time highest goal-scorers’ list in La Liga. And with the way he is scoring, if he stays at Santiago Bernabeu for one more season, he can go to the top spot quite easily. Among the top 30 of this list, only he has a goal per match ratio of more than 1.

 

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2. Telmo Zarra (Athletic Bilbao)

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A prolific goal-scorer for his team, Zarra started his career for a second division Spanish club Erandio in 1939. Next year, he moved to Athletic Bilbao and started his journey to become the all time highest scorer in La Liga. For fifteen years, he played for Bilbao and netted as many as 251 times in the league, still the highest in the list. The Spanish striker moved to the second division once again in 1955 and spent the last two seasons in Indauxtu and Barakaldo.

With 22 hat-tricks in his name, Telmo Zarra is the second in our list, only behind the Real Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stefano.

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1. Alfredo Di Stefano (Real Madrid, Espanyol)

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With 22 hat-tricks in his name, the Argentine-Spanish footballer tops our list since the number of matches is less for him. Born in Barracas, a neighbourhood of Buenos Aires, he started his career in Riverplate and after playing for three Argentine clubs, landed in Madrid to start his journey for the Los Blancos. Di Stefano started his Real Madrid career in 1953 and scored 284 goals in 216 matches in the next 11 years. Afterwards, he moved to Espanyol and retired two year later.

He is currently fifth highest goal-scorer in La Liga and second highest scorer for Real Madrid, only after Raul. According to the Brazilian legend Pele, Alfredo Di Stefano was the best Argentine player ever. Di Stefano returned to Madrid as their manager in 1982 and coached them for the next two years. Only two months ago, on 7th July, 2014, he passed away in Madrid.

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