Messi equals Ronaldo's record for LaLiga hat-tricks

With Cristiano Ronaldo now plying his trade in Serie A, Lionel Messi's latest treble tied the Portuguese's tally of LaLiga hat-tricks.

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi eclipse Cristiano Ronaldo's record before the season is out.   -  Getty Images

Lionel Messi scored a penalty and two free-kicks in Barcelona's 4-1 win over Celta Vigo to draw level with Cristiano Ronaldo as the player with the most hat-tricks in LaLiga history.

Messi scored three times at Camp Nou as Barca eased back to the top of the table after a tough week in which it lost to Levante and drew with Slavia Prague.

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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 last year, had a shorter stay in the division.

The Portuguese spent nine seasons at Madrid and became the club's record LaLiga hat-trick scorer ahead of Alfredo Di Stefano (22) and Ferenc Puskas (12).

Messi is in his 16th campaign as a first-team player at Barcelona and, with eight goals in seven LaLiga games so far this season, appears likely to eclipse Ronaldo's record before the season is out.

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