Lionel Messi scored the fiftieth hat-trick of his profession as Barcelona came from unhurried to beat Sevilla and breeze 10 parts certain on the head of La Liga.
In a masterclass from the Catalans’ captain, he first equalised with an out of this world volley from 16 yards.
He levelled for a second time with a curling shot from the edge of the sphere.
Messi then chipped Tomas Vaclik for his third, his thirty sixth diagram in 35 video games in opposition to Sevilla, sooner than developing Luis Suarez for an damage-time fourth.
It in spite of all the pieces changed into as soon as a one-man show mask with Barcelona no longer taking half in significantly wisely as they prolonged their lead over second-placed Atletico Madrid, who host Villarreal on Sunday.
Sevilla – who’re off create – took the lead twice within the important thing half of from a Jesus Navas counter-assault strike and Gabriel Mercado’s eight-yard close.
Messi does it all all over again
On the age of 31, Messi presentations no signs of slowing down. His treble takes him as much as 25 La Liga needs for the season, a median of 1 each 75 minutes. He is nine certain of Suarez in second residing and nearly twice the head scorer of another workers, Cristhian Stuani’s 13 for Girona.
In all competitions, he has 33 needs in 32 video games – together with six within the Champions League as Barcelona inch the treble.
His third diagram changed into as soon as his 650th profession strike – 585 for Barca and 65 for Argentina.
All his needs had been very just appropriate with his first, a left-footed volley from Ivan Rakitic’s execrable, a contender for diagram of the season.
His second changed into as soon as an spectacular curling effort with his appropriate foot from Ousmane Dembele’s breeze. And, with 5 minutes to breeze, he clipped the ball over the goalkeeper after Carles Alena’s shot changed into as soon as blocked.
Behind on he performed an very just appropriate ball over the head for Suarez to close a 5-sport goalless chase.