The Barcelona captain reaches 50 career hat-trick as a professional footballer as Barcelona came from behind to win Sevilla
An exhibition by Leo Messi led FC Barcelona to a 2-4 victory at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuán, and the three goals from the best player in the world saw him reach a new milestone; the fiftieth hat-trick of his incredible career.
Messi now has 44 hat-tricks for the Spanish giants to go with his six for Argentina. If we analyse the 44 hat-tricks for Barça, the captain has scored 29 at the Camp Nou and 15 away. He has 33 hat-tricks in La Liga, just two behind the record holder Christiano Ronaldo.
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Messi’s scored one goal and set up another in the reverse meeting at Camp Nou in October, though his game was brought to a premature end when he was forced off after just 26 minutes with a fractured arm, an injury that ruled him out of the first El Clasico of the season.
The hat-trick ensured Messi kept up his remarkable record against Sevilla. The 31-year-old has now been involved in at least one goal in 20 of his last 21 games against Los Rojiblancos in all competitions, scoring 23 goals and contributing a further 14 assists.
The voracity of the Argentine striker has no limits, and five times in his career he’s scored four goals in the same game (Arsenal, Valencia, Espanyol, Osasuna and Eibar). He has also managed five goals in the same match on one occasion; against Bayer Leverkusen on March 7, 2012, in the return leg of the Champions League Round of 16.
The hat-trick now takes Messi to 25 La Liga goals for the season, nine clear of his nearest challenger and teammate Suarez. In all competitions, he has 33 goals in 32 games.
Barcelona are now 10 points clear of the closes rivals Atletico Madrid in the table, though yet to play until Sunday.