2022 World Cup: Kiss, 5 Other Superstars Who Scored Fastest Hat Trick in the Tournament

2022 World Cup: Kiss, 5 Other Superstars Who Scored Fastest Hat Trick in the Tournament

Ibitoye Shittu
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:15 PM
  • Laszlo Kiss has emerged as the player who scored the fastest hat-trick in the history of the World Cup
  • The 66-year-old scored for Hungary in the space of seven minutes against El Salvador, at the 1982 World Cup
  • Gabriel Batista also scored three goals for Argentina in a World Cup match against Jamaica in 1998

Football fans everywhere on earth are eagerly waiting for the commencement of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which will be taking place in Qatar starting from November 20.

The World Cup is rated as the biggest football tournament in the world, considering the level of the competition and the rivalries among the players, nations and even fans.

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Gabriel Batista in action for Argentina against Bulgaria at the 1994 World Cup. Photo: David Cannon.
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Qatar, who will be hosting this year's edition of the World Cup, will not be given much chance to win the coveted title - but they may fight harder this time around even though they are not rated among the top footballing nations.

Who are the reigning champions?

France are the reigning champions of the world, winning the title in Russia four years ago beating Croatia in the final. The match gave Kylian Mbappe a platform to launch himself into superstardom.

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In this special report, Sports Brief will be taking a look at the players who have scored the fastest hat-tricks in the World Cup.

1. Laszlo Kiss

Kiss scored the fastest hat-trick in a football match in the history of the World Cup, when he netted 3 goals in the space of 7 minutes for Hungary against El Salvador in Elche, Spain on June 15, 1982.

He scored in the 69th, 72nd and 76th minute according to the facts on Wikipedia.

2. Gabriel Batista

On June 21, 1998, Batista scored a hat-trick in ten minutes for Argentina in their match against Jamaica, which ended as a 5-0 drubbing.

The now 53-year-old netted in the 73rd, 78th and 83rd minute.

3. Gustav Wetterstrom

Wetterstrom scored three goals for Sweden against Cuba in the quarter-final of the 1938 World Cup, which ended 8-0.

He scored in the 32nd, 37th and 44th minute for his nation.

4. Gerd Muller

Muller netted his hat-trick for Germany at the 1970 World Cup, in a group stage match against Peru. He took just 20 minutes to score thrice: in the 19th, 26th and 39th minute.

5. Andrzej Szarmach

Szarmach scored a hat-trick in 20 minutes, in the 30th, 34th, and 50th, for Poland in their 7-0 win over Haiti in a group stage match on June 19, 1974.

6. Erich Probst

On June 19, 1954, Austria beat Czechoslovakia 5-0 in a group stage match at the World Cup, in which Probst scored a hat-trick with goals in the 4th, 21st and 24th minute.

Paintsil believes Ghana are finalists

Earlier, Sports Brief had reported how John Paintsil boldly predicted that Ghana would reach the final of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

The former Ghana international believes the current Black Stars team is strong enough to compete for the ultimate prize.

Black Stars are making a return to the Mundial, after edging out Nigeria in the play-offs in March this year.

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