48 days to go World Cup 2014

A total of 48 hat-tricks have been scored in the history of the FIFA World Cup.

Just four players, however, have managed the feat twice: Hungary’s Sandor Kocsis (1954), Just Fontaine of France (1958), Germany legend Gerd Muller (1970) and Argentina’s Gabriel Batistuta (1994/1998).

Batistuta, La Albiceleste’s all-time leading goalscorer, deserves particular plaudits as the only one of this quartet to have scored a treble in two different editions.

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