Some of these players are icons in Germany
The Bundesliga is one of the most exciting football competitions in the world. But, over the years Bayern Munich have dominated the league. The Bavarians are the record champions. The likes of Gerd Muller, Robert Lewandowski, Mario Gomez and Claudio Pizzaro have played for the Munich outfit. It is no surprise that they lead the league’s goalscoring charts, including the most hat-tricks list.
The German league is well-known for its exciting brand of football. Due to the attacking quality on display, it attracts a lot of attention. However, goalscoring is one of the toughest tasks in the sport. But, several players have made their careers on being specialists in finding the back of the net. These stars have managed to score multiple times in a game, including hat-tricks.
Let’s have a look at the five players with the most hat-tricks in Bundesliga
5. Mario Gomez – 10
The German footballer is one of the best players in the history of the Bundesliga and netted 10 hat-tricks. Gomez started his career at VFB Stuttgart. He is a legend at the club and is the fourth-highest scorer in their history. He won the league title and scored 86 goals in 191 appearances for Stuttgart over two spells.
Mario Gomez also played for German giants Bayern Munich for four years. He scored 75 goals in 115 games for the Bavarians. The striker enjoyed his most successful spell with the record champions. He won multiple league and cup titles, along with a UEFA Champions League triumph.
4. Jupp Heynckes – 11
The Monchengladbach-born player is celebrated as one of the best German coaches of all-time. He led Bayern Munich to the first treble in their history. But, Jupp Heynckes started his career in the Bundesliga as a goal-machine.
The German spent his entire career with Borussia Monchengladbach, barring a two-year spell at Hannover. He was a key element in Gladbach’s golden age in the 1970s. The club won four league titles in that decade.
Jupp Heynckes netted a total of 220 times in the Bundesliga for Borussia Monchengladbach and Hannover. This included 11 hat-tricks. He is the fourth-highest scorer in the German top flight’s history.
3. Klaus Fischer – 12
The German is one of the greatest goalscorers in the league’s history. He played in the league for 19 years. Fischer is one of only 11 players to feature in over 500 games in the Bundesliga. The striker played for 1860 Munich, Schalke 04, Cologne and VfL Bochum in the league.
A striker with a knack for goals, the German netted 268 times in 535 appearances in the Bundesliga. This included 12 hat-tricks. He also managed to score at least 20 times in six seasons, showcasing his consistency.
Despite being a great scorer, Klaus Fischer had limited success as part of a team. He won the Bundesliga title just once. This triumph came in the 1971-72 season with Schalke.
2. Robert Lewandowski – 16
A modern-day great, Robert Lewandowski is the only active footballer on the list. The Poland international has netted 16 hat-tricks in the Bundesliga. He is also the league’s record non-German goalscorer. Lewandowski has played for Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich in the league.
The Polish striker is second in the league’s all-time scoring list. He is also just the second player to reach the 300-goal mark in the competition. Lewandowski holds a number of scoring records in the Bundesliga and for Bayern Munich.
In the 2020-21 season, he netted 41 goals. With this feat, he broke Gerd Muller’s record for most goals in a single season. The German great had scored 40 times in the 1971-71 campaign.
1. Gerd Muller – 32
Arguably the greatest striker in Germany and Bayern Munich history. Gerd Muller leads the list with a staggering 32 hat-tricks in the Bundesliga. He spent his entire career with the Bavarian giants and was the cornerstone in their dominance of world football in the 1970s.
The Bavaria native is the leading goalscorer in the Bundesliga. He netted 365 goals in 427 appearances. Gerd Muller also enjoyed success on the international stage. He won the 1975 World Cup and 1972 European Championships with West Germany.