The Argentinean struck four against Eibar to take his Liga hat-trick tally to 36, two more than Cristiano Ronaldo during his Real Madrid career.
Leo Messi ended his longest laliga drought since 2013-14 in style in the opening 45 minutes of Barcelona’s match against Eibar in camp Nou on Saturday by netting a hat-trick inside 40 minutes to bring a run of four games without finding the net to an end.
It also took the Barça forward to 36 Laliga hat-tricks, two more than Cristiano Ronaldo, and moved Barcelona as a club to within Real Madrid’s record haul of 191 trebles in Liga history. Messi has now been responsible for five of the last 10 hat-tricks scored in LaLiga and has a career record across all competitions of 54, two behind Ronaldo’s tally of 56.
One record that still eludes the Argentinean though is the fastest hat-trick in Liga history.
Kevin Gameiro scored a treble in four minutes and 43 seconds in 2017 as Atletico Madrid beat Sporting Gijon 4-1. The only other sub-five minute hat-tricks in Liga history were hit by Bebeto in 1995-96 and David Villa in 2005-06, the former Spain striker holding the absolute record at four minutes.