Barcelona skipper, Lionel Messi, netted his 50th career hat-trick to help his side register a comeback win at Sevilla in La Liga on Saturday afternoon.
Saturday’s treble against Sevilla at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium saw him net his 44th hattrick for the Catalan outfit, with 32 of them coming in La Liga itself, landing him just two behind record-holder former Real Madrid man, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Earlier in the 2018/19 campaign, the Argentine genius scored his 8th hat-trick in the Champions League in an emphatic 4-0 win against PSV Eindhoven at Camp Nou. The treble against the Dutch league leaders made him the most prolific hat-trick getter in Europe, beating former record-holder Cristiano Ronaldo.
ℹ️ Hat-tricks for club & country:
5⃣1⃣ Cristiano Ronaldo
5⃣0⃣ Lionel Messi
2⃣9⃣ Luis Suárez#UCL
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) February 23, 2019
Last night, against Sevilla, Lionel Messi, once again, proved his potency in front of goal to help his side bag all three points. The hosts started the game on the front foot and deservedly took the lead capitalizing on a rare misplaced pass from Lionel Messi. Four minutes after Sevilla’s devastating counter, Lionel Messi restored parity from the edge of the area, dispatching an unstoppable volley.
Just before the half time whistle, Sevilla restored their advantage, thanks to Barcelona’s sloppiness at the back. Once again, Lionel Messi stepped up to the plate and evaporated the Andalusian side’s one-goal cushion. He picked the ball on the edge of the area, capitalized on Sevilla’s lackluster marking, and curled his right-footed effort past Sevilla stopper, Tomas Vaclik.
⚽️ 650 goals
🎯 227 assists
🎩 50 hat-tricks
🏆 x 9 La Liga
🏆 x 6 Copa del Rey
🏆 x 4 Champions League
— SPORTbible (@sportbible) February 24, 2019
His third of the night demonstrated his steely composure in front of goal. The Argentinian waited patiently right until the end to chip the ball over the oncoming and helpless Sevilla goalkeeper to top off his treble. And as if his superb hat-trick wasn’t bad enough, the 31-year-old took it upon himself to assist Luis Suarez for Barcelona’s fourth goal.
Messi is way too good smh pic.twitter.com/lXDQ3GEKNm
— True Soccer Life ⚽️ (@TrueSccrLife) February 24, 2019
Following the emphatic 4-2 win at Sevilla, which saw Barcelona open up a 10-point lead at the top of La Liga table, Barcelona coach, Ernesto Valverde, discussed the brilliance of his skipper.
“Lionel not only scored three goals, but you have to see where, when and how he gets them,” said Valverde, as quoted by AS.
“We have a decisive and superlative player. All teams have decisive players but we have the best in the world. Not only for his goals, but because he [always] appears in the right place at the right time.”
Messi himself was pleased with the victory and reiterated his intention of finishing this season strongly and bagging all three trophies on offer.
“There is still a long way to go in the title race, but it was important to win here to keep the gap as it is,” he said on BeIN Sports afterwards, as quoted by Marca.
“We have some more tough fixtures ahead. It gets harder and harder to win. We’re not dismissing any of the tournaments. We’re one step away from reaching a Copa del Rey final, but we have a very tough match as we take on Real Madrid in their stadium.”
“But we’ll go there to try to win and we are confident that we can do that. Then we’ll think about the league again. We’re going to try to win it all,” he concluded.