Published: Sun, November 10, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Messi equals Ronaldos record for LaLiga hat-tricks

Messi equals Ronaldos record for LaLiga hat-tricks

Leo Messi scored a hat-trick of two free kicks and a penalty as FC Barcelona retained their place at the top of the Liga Santander with a 4-1 win at home to Celta on Saturday night.

Ernesto Valverde admitted Barcelona can not help but depend on Lionel Messi after the talismanic forward scored a hat-trick to inspire a 4-1 La Liga victory over Celta Vigo.

Both Blaugrana talisman Messi and Ronaldo have now netted 34 trebles in Spain's top tier, although the former Real Madrid forward, having previously played for Sporting CP and Manchester United before joining Juventus past year, had a shorter stay in the division.

"[Taking freekicks] is something that he's mastered to perfection". "He dominates the art of free kick taking, and opponents know they can not afford to give away fouls near our area". When they do, we try to take advantage.

Messi has now taken his tally to eight goals and four assists in seven league games for the Catalan giants this season. "The other day we had a painful defeat and we had to win today", he said.

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"It was really difficult for us in the first half, with their high press that made it hard for us to play out and we didn't have much rhythm in our play".

Barca lead the standings on 25 points after 12 games, level with second-placed Real Madrid who eased to a 4-0 win at Eibar.

The former Brighton and Watford manager, who started his career at the Nou Camp, said: "We wanted to go out, be fearless and win".

Garcia knows Messi can "decide the match in one action".

"Without him, the match it would have been very different, and we would have had an even chance of winning".

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