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Messi Breaks CR7 Spanish Hat-Trick Record, But Trails Overall

FC Barcelona captain Lionel Messi broke Cristiano Ronaldo's record for the most hat-tricks scored for a Spanish team on Sunday, but, overall, the Juventus superstar still leads his longstanding rival when it comes to scoring hat-tricks.

Click through the mini-gallery above to see the players with the most hat-tricks in LaLiga history.

The Argentine netted a treble to help the Blaugrana to a 4-1 victory over Real Betis on Sunday. Messi thus took his tally to 29 goals in LaLiga this season, leading the European Golden Shoe race by three goals, ahead of Kylian Mbappe.

He also broke Ronaldo's record for the most hat-tricks scored for a Spanish club, netting his 45th against Betis, one more than Ronaldo did for Real.

Overall, though, the Portuguese still leads the hat-trick race between the two superstars with 52 trebles to 51 after netting his first Juventus triple against Atletico Madrid last week.

Messi has scored 33 hat-tricks in LaLiga – just one less than Ronaldo – plus another eight in the UEFA Champions League – a competition record he shares with the Portuguese forward – three in the Copa del Rey, one in the Spanish Super Cup and six for Argentina.

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Ronaldo, meanwhile, has scored 34 hat-tricks in LaLiga, seven in the UCL, two in the Copa del Rey and one at the FIFA Club World Cup for Real Madrid. He has also netted one treble for Manchester United, last week's one in the UCL for Juventus and six for Portugal.

Messi or Ronaldo – who do you think will retire with more hat-tricks? Have your say in the comments section below.

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