9 Superstars Who Have Scored Hat-tricks for Multiple Clubs in the Champions League

The UEFA Champions League is definitely one of the toughest club competitions in world football. Top clubs from top leagues compete in one league in order to be crowned as the best team in Europe.

With such a high level of competition, it is almost impossible to think of scoring a hat-trick in this tournament where every opposition is a proven contender in their domestic leagues.

However, some legends have defied that logic and have not only scored hat-tricks for one club, but also went on to do the same for other clubs in the same competition too.

Here are nine such greats of the game.....

9. Marco Simone - AC Milan and AS Monaco

AC Milan great Marco Simone was one of the most promising youngsters at the San Siro. He won four Serie A titles and two UEFA Champions Leagues with the Rossoneri.

Simone, who could play both as a winger and a striker, starred for Milan in the 1996 Champions League tie against Rosenborg. He went on to score a hat-trick in a 4-1 win for his side.

Four years later, the now 49-year-old scored his second hat-trick in Champions League football when he starred for AS Monaco in their 5-0 win against Sturm Graz.

8. Roy Makaay - Deportivo La Coruna and Bayern Munich

Great Dutch striker Roy Makaay had quite an amazing career as he played over 500 games and scored over 250 goals in his time as a footballer.

His first hat-trick came while playing for Spanish side Deportivo La Coruna against his future team Bayern Munich in the Champions League of the 2002-03 season. Deportivo won that game 3-2 on 19th September 2002.

The Bavarians were so impressed by Makaay that they signed him in the summer transfer window of 2003 for a then club record fee of €18.75 million. 

Makaay continued his great form for Bayern too. On 29th September 2004, he scored his second Champions League hat-trick in a 4–0 group stage win over Ajax.

7. Ruud van Nistelrooy - PSV Eindhoven and Manchester United

Undoubtedly one of the greatest strikers of his generation, Manchester United great Ruud van Nistelrooy is also part of the exclusive group of players who have scored hat-tricks for two different clubs in Europe's top club competition.

His first hat-trick came for PSV in their Champions League clash against HJK Helsinki on 25th November 1998. Nistelrooy eventually rose to fame in the Netherlands after which Manchester United signed him for a then club record fee in 2000.

However, the Dutchmaan's second Champions League hat-trick did not come until the 2004-05 season when he scored all four goals for Manchester United in their 4-1 win against Sparta Prague on 3rd November.

6. Andriy Shevchenko - Dynamo Kyiv and AC Milan

Current Ukrainian national team coach Andriy Shevchenko scored European hat-tricks for Dynamo Kyiv as well as Italian giants AC Milan in his illustrious career.

His first trio of goals was truly historical. Shevchenko netted a first-half hat-trick in Dynamo's 1997-98 Champions League game against Barcelona. He also went on to score a hat-trick over two legs against Real Madrid in that very season.

In 1999, Shevchenko joined Milan as he entered the prime of his career. In 2004-05, the Ukrainian hitman made Champions League history and scored all four goals in Milan's 4-0 win against Fenerbahce. With this feat, he became the then fifth ever player to score four goals in a Europe's prime club competition.

5. Didier Drogba - Marseille and Chelsea

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba is also part of the illustrious list of players who scored Champions League hat-tricks for multiple clubs.

The Ivorian's first trio of goals came when Marseille thumped Partizan 3-0 at home in Europe's premier competition on 1st October 2003.

He then move to Chelsea in 2004, but his first Champions League hat-trick for the Blues did not come until 27th September 2006 against Levski Sofia.

4. Michael Owen - Liverpool and Manchester United

English great Michael Owen is one of those few footballers who played for both Liverpool and Manchester United in his career. Not only that, he is the only footballer who scored a hat-trick in the Champions League for both clubs too.

His first hat-trick came on October 23, 2002 when he scored three past Spartak Moscow which meant Liverpool became the first English club to beat Spartak in Russia, ever!

Owen left Liverpool in 2004 and after stints at Real Madrid and Newcastle United, joined Manchester United in 2009. 

The Englishman could just make 31 appearances for the Red Devils till 2012 which included five goals, three of which were scored by Owen against Wolfsburg on December 8, 2009. His hat-trick helped United to a 3-1 win over the German side.

3. Samuel Eto'o - Barcelona and Inter Milan

Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto'o was one of the most devastating strikers in Europe from 2004 to 2010.

The now 37-year-old played for some of the best clubs in his career. His records also include scoring hat-tricks in the UEFA Champions League with two different clubs.

His first hat-trick came way back in 2005 when he used to play for Barcelona. In a Champions League game against Panathianaikos, Eto'o scored three goals in a 5-0 win for the Blaugrana.

Eto'o left Barcelona for Inter Milan in 2009 and scored a hat-trick for the Italian side in their Champions League clash against Werder Bremen on 29th September 2010.

2. Robert Lewandowski - Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich

The then Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski announced himself on the global footballing stage on 24th April 2013 when he scored four goals against Real Madrid on 24th April 2013 in the UEFA Champions League.

After joining Bayern Munich, Lewandowski became one of the most feared strikers in the world. On 29th September 2015, the Polish star scored three past Dinamo Zagreb in Europe's premier club tournament to join an elite list of players who scored Champions League hattricks with two different clubs.

1. Filippo Inzaghi - Juventus (2) and AC Milan

A perfect definition of 'a fox in the box' termed used for the most alert strikers in front of goal, Filipo Inzaghi enjoyed a glorious goal-scoring career with Juventus and AC Milan.

Infact, Inzaghi scored hat-tricks in the UEFA Champions League for both Italian giants. His first hat-trick came for Juventus on 18th March 1998 against Dynamo Kyiv.

However, it wasn't until 24th September 2002, a year after he moved to Milan from Juve, that he scored his second Champions League hat-trick.

In the 2002-03 season, Inzaghi struck three past Spanish side Deportivo La Coruna as Milan ran riot and won the game 4-0.