Lionel Messi overtakes Cristiano Ronaldo to top Champions League hat-trick list
By Oliver Yew
Last Updated: 14/09/16 12:12am
Lionel Messi has now scored the most hat-tricks in Champions League history after his treble against Celtic took him past Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Argentina international scored his sixth Champions League hat-trick in Barcelona's 7-0 thrashing of Celtic to take the outright lead in his head-to-head battle with Ronaldo.
And Barca coach Luis Enrique was full of praise for the 29-year-old.
"Messi's the best player in the world, at whatever position he plays," Enrique said. "Messi is total football."
Ronaldo has the chance to respond when Real Madrid take on Sporting Lisbon in their Champions League opener at the Bernabeu on Wednesday.
Most hat-tricks in Champions League history
|Player||Teams||No. of hat-tricks|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||Man Utd, Real Madrid||5|
|Mario Gomez||Bayern Munich||3|
|Filippo Inzaghi||Juventus, AC Milan||3|
|Luiz Adriano||Shakhtar Donetsk||3|
|Karim Benzema||Lyon, Real Madrid||2|
|Andy Cole||Manchester United||2|
|Didier Drogba||Marseille, Chelsea||2|
|Samuel Eto'o||Barcelona, Internazionale||2|
|Roy Makaay||Deportivo La Coruna, Bayern Munich||2|
|Michael Owen||Liverpool, Manchester United||2|
|Marco Simone||Milan, Monaco||2|
|Andriy Shevchenko||Dynamo Kiev, AC Milan||2|
|Ruud van Nistelrooy||PSV, Man Utd||2|
|Robert Lewandowski||Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich||2|
The Portugal international does top one list though as he is the current top scorer in Champions League and European Cup history with 93 goals to his name, plus one he scored in qualifying.
European Cup/Champions League all-time top scorers (inc. qualifying goals)
|Raul||Real Madrid, Schalke||71|
|Ruud van Nistlerooy||PSV, Man Utd, Real Madrid||60|
|Andriy Shevchenko||Dynamo Kiev, AC Milan, Chelsea||59|
|Thierry Henry||Monaco, Arsenal, Barcelona||51|
|Filippo Inzaghi||Juventus, AC Milan||50|
|Alfredo di Stefano||Real Madrid||49|
|Zlatan Ibrahimovic||Ajax, Juventus, Inter, Barcelona, AC Milan, PSG||49|
Barcelona rival, Messi is in second spot on the list with 86 while Real Madrid legend Raul scored 71.