- Lionel Messi recorded his 34th La Liga hat-tricks in Barcelona's 4-1 win over Celta Vigo
- The 32-year-old has now equaled the record set by Cristiano Ronaldo inn the Spanish League
- Messi has a total 52 career hat tricks campared to Ronaldo's 54 in for club and country
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi inspired the Spanish League defending champions to convincing victory over Celta Vigo at Camp Nou on Saturday night.
As they returned to winning ways in all competitions having lost their last La Liga game to Levante, and were held to a goalless draw by Slavia Praha in the CHampions League days after.
The Argentine opened his goal account in the match through a penalty kick and subsequently sent home two stunning free kicks to stretch his Spanish League hat-trick record to 34 in 459 matches.
He has now equaled the record set by his greatest rival Cristiano Ronaldo, who recorded the same number at a far more lesser games - 288 during his reign at Real Madrid.
- Of Messi's eight UEFA Champions League hat-tricks, two have come in the knockout stage: he scored five in a 7-1 win against Bayer Leverkusen in the round of 16 second leg in March 2012 having previously bagged four against Arsenal in the sides' quarter-final second leg in April 2010.
- The Argentinian hit back-to-back hat-tricks in the 2016/17 group stage, scoring three against both Celtic on matchday one and Manchester City on matchday three having missed matchday two's trip to Borussia Mönchengladbach through injury.
- Messi's 34 Liga trebles equals Cristiano Ronaldo's record. According to Champions League website
- Valencia, Osasuna, Espanyol and Deportivo have been Messi's favoured opponents in the Liga, the No10 claiming hat-tricks against each of them on three separate occasions (he has a Copa del Rey treble against Valencia too); Messi also has three hat-tricks against Sevilla, including two in the Liga and one in the Spanish Super Cup, and three against Atlético – two Liga and one Copa del Rey.
- Of Ronaldo's 54 career hat-tricks, eight have been in the UEFA Champions League (seven for Real Madrid, one for Juventus) – with four of those in the knockout stage.
Messi's three goals against Celta Vigo also helped him increase his total career hat-tricks to 52 for club and country - two behind his Portuguese superstar, who has 54 in his entire career.
The 32-year-old started this season with a nagging injury after helping Argentina win bronze at the 2019 Copa America in Brazil.
But has increased his numbers to eight goals in seven La Liga appearances this campaign, and has assisted four others in the same competition.
Ronaldo on the other hand has five goals and one assists in the Italian Serie A in the 2019-20 term, although, he has also had his fair share of injury in the process.
And it would also be worthy to note that the former Manchester United striker is two years older than the Argentine which might be a factor in his productivity going forward.
Apart from Messi, Sergio Busquets was also on target for the Catalan club after firing an 85th minute shot into the net from close range as they return to the summit of the table with 25 points after 12 matches.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Barcelona returned to winning ways with an emphatic 4-1 win over visiting Celta Vigo at Camp Nou in late La Liga fixture.
Lionel Messi stole the show after scoring his 34th La Liga hat-tricks while Sergio Busquets' 85th minute strike sealed the victory for the hosts.
The Argentine has now tied in the number of Spanish League hat-tricks with his rival Cristiano Ronaldo, but the Portuguese achieved the feat in far more lesser games.
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