Lionel Messi scores 50th profession hat-trick as Barcelona win at Sevilla

Lionel Messi scored the 50th hat trick of his career to assist Barcelona twice recuperate from a purpose down and win 4-2 at Sevilla on Saturday.

Messi’s first got here from an excellent volley earlier than he curled residence from the sting of the world after which clipped in a neat end to finish his treble.

It was the 32nd hat trick of Messi’s La Liga profession, whereas he has notched eight within the Champions League, three within the Copa del Rey, one within the Spanish Super Cup and 6 in worldwide competitors with Argentina.

He is second within the all-time La Liga record behind former Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, who has 34, however the two are tied on 44 membership hat methods in all competitions.

That makes them the joint holders of the all-time document for essentially the most hat methods scored for a membership in Spain.

Messi leads the statistics for Europe’s 5 main leagues, with 25 objectives and 11 assists thus far this season.

His treble moved Barca 10 factors clear on the prime of La Liga forward of Atletico Madrid’s recreation towards Villarreal on Sunday, however talking after the match, he stated they weren’t getting carried away.

“No, that’s not one hand on the title — there is still a long way to go,” he informed beIN SPORTS.

“But it was an necessary win as a result of it helps us keep our lead over our rivals. It’s at all times robust to win [at Sevilla]. They at all times make it troublesome.

“You go through different spells in a season. You can’t always play at a great level. We have been on a run — if we’re being honest — in which we have not been playing our best football. But today we were back to being ourselves.”

Barca’s win got here after a run of 1 victory in 5 video games and units them up for this week’s double-header towards rivals Real Madrid.

They face Madrid on the Bernabeu twice, first within the Copa del Rey semifinal first leg on Wednesday after which within the league on Saturday.

“All [competitions] are important for us,” Messi stated. “We do not throw any competitors. We are one step from a remaining within the cup. It goes to be a extremely robust recreation as a result of it is towards Real Madrid and it is at their floor, however we’re going there to win and we’re assured we will do it.

“After that, we will think about the La Liga game there — but we want to win everything.”

Information from ESPN FC’s Sam Marsden was used on this report.