Messi Closes In On Two Ronaldo Records
Lionel Messi Closes In On Two Cristiano Ronaldo Records
FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi was the Man of the Match against crosstown opponents Espanyol this weekend, and also closed in on two of longstanding rival Cristiano Ronaldo's records.
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The Argentine netted a hat-trick in his side's 5-0 win in the Catalan derby, taking his own record of the most goals in the fixture's history to 20. His triple strike against Espanyol was also the 38th hat-trick of his time with the Spanish giants, drawing closer on Ronaldo's tally of 42 for Real Madrid.
The Barca talisman has scored 27 hat-tricks in La Liga, another seven in the UEFA Champions League, three in the Copa del Rey and one in the Spanish Super Cup. In addition, he has also scored four trebles for Argentina.
Only Ronaldo has scored more hat-tricks in the Spanish top flight, with 32 in La Liga, but Messi has now closed the gap to five.
The Portuguese is also five trebles ahead in the overall career hat-tricks ranking, having netted 42 for Real, four for Portugal and one for Manchester United.
Messi has begun the season in fine form, scoring five goals in his first three La Liga games, while Ronaldo is still suspended following his sending off in the Spanish Super Cup.
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