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Kylian Mbappe historic World Cup hat trick: France star becomes second player to nab three goals in FIFA championship

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Cometh the hour, cometh the man.

Kylian Mbappe put on the performance of a lifetime in Sunday’s World Cup final, bagging three goals to singlehandedly push France to penalties before falling short against Lionel Messi and Argentina.

Mbappe bookended a sensational volley in the 82nd minute with two penalties, etching his name into World Cup history in the process.

One goal can be luck, two goals can be skill, but three? Well, that’s legendary.

MORE: World Cup Golden Boot 2022: Kylian Mbappe takes the crown

Here’s how he did it…and the exclusive company he joined with his showcase.

Kylian Mbappe hat trick in World Cup final

Mbappe opened France’s scoring with a coolly slotted penalty in the 81st minute. Mbappe lined up from the spot and proceeded to slip the ball past Emiliano Martinez’s outstretched grasp. Despite getting a fingertip on the ball, Martinez couldn’t fend off the power of Mbappe’s strike.

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If Mbappe’s first score was lucky, his second was special. Mbappe connected cleanly with a chipped volley, rocketing it into the bottom right corner to level things at two. It was a sumptuous strike, the type Mbappe has become known for over the course of his sparkling career.

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Mbappe capped off his historic display in style, finding the net once more in the 117th minute from the penalty spot. Facing the biggest kick of his career, Mbappe slammed the ball into the bottom left corner before racing to the corner flag in delirium.

World Cup final hat tricks 

Mbappe’s trio of goals cemented his name as one of the greatest talents to ever grace the field. He also added his name to a rather exclusive list, becoming just the second ever player to ever score a World Cup final hat trick.

The man he joined needs no introduction, particularly in England. Geoff Hurst famously slotted three times in the 1966 final, bringing football back “home” for the first — and only — time ever.

Players to score two goals in a World Cup final

Mbappe wasn’t the only player to etch his name in the annals of football history. His club teammate, Lionel Messi, also bagged a brace, becoming the eighth player to score twice in a World Cup final. All eight went on to lift the trophy.

World Cup Finals – Two Goals Scored
Player Year Country Opponent Final Score Time of Goals
Lionel Messi 2022 Argentina France Argentina 3-France 3 23′, 108′
Ronaldo 2002 Brazil Germany Brazil 2-0 Germany 67′, 79′
Zinedine Zidane 1998 France Brazil France 3-0 Brazil 27, 45+1′
Mario Kempes 1978 Argentina Netherlands Argentina 3-1 Netherlands 38, 105
Pele 1958 Brazil Sweden Brazil 5-2 Sweden 55′, 90′
Vava 1958 Brazil Sweden Brazil 5-2 Sweden 9′, 32′
Helmut Rahn 1954 West Germany Hungary West Germany 3 Hungary 2 18′, 84
Gino Colaussi 1938 Italy Hungary Italy 4 Hungary 2 6′, 35′
Silvio Piola 1938 Italy Hungary Italy 4 Hungary 2 16, 82′

All time World Cup hat tricks

There have been 53 total hat tricks in World Cup history, with 49 players accounting for those feats. Just Fontaine (1958), Gerd Muller (1970) and Gabriel Batistuta (1994 and 1998) have multiple World Cup hat tricks. 

The edition that has seen more hat tricks than any other to this point was the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland, when eight were struck. That included two in the same match, Austria 7-5 Switzerland, from opposing players Theodor Wagner and Josef Hugi.

Through World Cup history, only one edition of the tournament has failed to see a hat trick netted, the 2006 World Cup which was held in Germany. 

The first-ever hat trick at a World Cup was scored by an American, Bert Patenaude, at the Uruguay 1930 tournament. 

List of all hat tricks scored at the World Cup 

Year Player Team Opponent Stage Final Result
2022 Kylian Mbappe France Argentina Final D 3-3 (lost 4-2 on penalties)
2022 Goncalo Ramos Portugal Switzerland Round of 16 W 6-1
2018 Harry Kane England Panama Group W 6-1
2018 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Spain Group D 3-3
2014 Xherdan Shaqiri Switzerland Honduras Group W 3-0
2014 Thomas Muller Germany Portugal Group W 4-0
2010 Gonzalo Higuain Argentina South Korea Group W 4-1
2002 Pauleta Portugal Poland Group W 4-0
2002 Miroslav Klose Germany Saudi Arabia Group  W 8-0
1998 Gabriel Batistuta Argentina Jamaica Group  W 5-0
1994 Oleg Salenko Russia Cameroon Group W 6-1
1994 Gabriel Batistuta Argentina Greece Group  W 4-0
1990 Tomas Skuhravy Czechoslovakia Costa Rica Round of 16 W 4-1
1990 Michel Spain South Korea Group W 3-1
1986 Emiliano Butrageuno Spain Denmark Round of 16 W 5-1
1986 Igor Belanov Soviet Union Belgium Round of 16 L 3-4 (aet)
1986 Gary Lineker England Poland Group W 3-0
1986 Preben Elkjaer Denmark Uruguay Group W 6-1
1982 Paolo Rossi Italy  Brazil Second Group W 3-2
1982 Zbigniew Boniek Poland Belgium Second Group W 3-0
1982 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge West Germany Chile Group W 4-1
1982 Laszlo Kiss Hungary El Salvador Group  W 10-1
1978 Teofilo Cubillas Peru Iran Group W 4-1
1978 Rob Rensenbrink Netherlands Iran Group W 3-0
1974 Andrzej Szarmach Poland Haiti Group W 7-0
1974 Dusan Bajevic Yugoslavia Zaire Group W 9-0
1970 Gerd Muller West Germany Peru Group W 3-1
1970 Gerd Muller West Germany Bulgaria Group W 5-2
1966 Geoff Hurst England West Germany Final W 4-2 (aet)
1966 Eusebio Portugal North Korea Quarterfinals W 5-3
1962 Florian Albert Hungary Bulgaria Group W 6-1
1958 Just Fontaine France West Germany Third place match  W 6-3
1958 Pele Brazil France Semifinals W 5-2
1958 Just Fontaine France Paraguay Group W 7-3
1954 Josef Hugi Switzerland Austria Quarterfinals L 5-7
1954 Theodor Wagner Austria Switzerland Quarterfinals W 7-5
1954 Max Morlock West Germany Turkey Group W 7-2
1954 Burhan Sargin Turkey South Korea Group W 7-0
1954 Sandor Kocsis Hungary West Germany Group W 8-3
1954 Carlos Borges Uruguay Scotland Group W 7-0
1954 Erich Probst Austria Czechoslovakia Group W 5-0
1954 Sandor Kocsis Hungary South Korea Group W 9-0
1950 Ademir Brazil Sweden Final group stage W 7-1
1950 Oscar Miguez Uruguay Bolivia First group stage W 8-0
1938 Harry Anderson Sweden Cuba Quarterfinals W 8-0
1938 Gustav Wetterstrom Sweden Cuba Quarterfinals W 8-0
1938 Leonidas Brazil Poland Round of 16 W 6-5 (aet)
1938 Ernst Wilimowski Poland Brazil Round of 16 L 6-5 (aet)
1934 Oldrich Nejedly Czechoslovakia Germany Semifinals W 3-1
1934 Edmund Conen Germany Belgium Round of 16 W 5-2
1934 Angelo Schiavio Italy USA Round of 16 W 7-1
1930 Pedro Cea Uruguay Yugoslavia Semifinals W 6-1
1930 Guillermo Stabile Argentina Mexico Group W 6-3
1930 Bert Patenaude USA Paraguay Group W 3-0 


Credit: sportingnews.com

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