Messi Equals CR7's Hat-trick Record

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Messi Equals CR7's Hat-trick Record

Lionel Messi scored two trademark free kicks and a cool penalty in a hat-trick that saw the Barcelona man draw alongside a long-time rival in the La Liga standings.

When he scored his third just after half time in the Catalan club’s game with Celta Vigo, it marked his 34th treble in the Primera Division for the Blaugrana.

He is now level with Cristiano Ronaldo for the most hat-tricks in the Spanish top-flight, and, as the former Real Madrid man has moved on to Juventus in Italy, will hope to take sole possession of the record sooner rather than later.

Messi had already surpassed the Portugal internationals club goals tally, when scoring his 608th for Barcelona on October 29. Ronaldo had 606 in spells with Sporting, Manchester United, Real and Juve at the time, but scored one the next day to move to 607.

Messi has added four to his tally since then, including today’s hat-trick, while Ronaldo has not found the back of the net.

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