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Cristiano 56 - 53 Leo Messi

Pin Cristiano Ronaldo scored yet another hat-trick. AFP
Cristiano Ronaldo scored yet another hat-trick. AFP

Cristiano 56 - 53 Leo Messi

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With his latest hat-trick, Cristiano Ronaldo has increased his lead over Leo Messi in terms of hat tricks scored in club and national team appearances.

Although both have scored the same number of hat tricks with their respective clubs, Cristiano has a slight advantage over Messi if hat-tricks with their national teams are taken into account. In any case, they confirm once again that there are no goalscorers quite like these two.

The count is in Cristiano's favour, with 56 instances when he's scored three or more goals (hat tricks include anything beyond three goals too), while Leo Messi is at 53.

With his second hat-trick with Juve, the first in Serie A (the previous one was scored against Atletico in Champions), Cristiano adds 46 games with three goals, eight with four and two with five.

Messi, on the other hand, adds 47 games with three goals, five with four and one with five. The Argentine scored the last one at the beginning of December, to Mallorca. The Portuguese player scored three goals against Cagliari on January 6.

Another chapter in a fierce battle in which, in detail, Cristiano is a little ahead with performances with Portugal: nine 'hat tricks'. Leo Messi has six for Argentina.

The third in the hat trick fight is Luis Suarez, who has 'only' played 29 games with three or more goals. A fact that puts in context the sheer brilliance of CR7 and Messi. And their showing off is clearly not over... 

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