Just five days after beating Cristiano Ronaldo to the sixth Ballon d’Or, Lionel Messi got another one over his longstanding rival after beating one of Ronaldo’s LaLiga records.
Click through the gallery above to see Messi presenting his sixth Golden Ball to Barcelona fans.
The Argentine forward has continued his superb form, scoring a hat-trick in Barcelona’s 5-2 over Mallorca on Sunday night.
His treble took him to the top of the Pichichi charts and also saw him break Ronaldo’s record for most hat-tricks in the Spanish top flight.
Messi netted his 35th hat-trick in LaLiga, one more than Ronaldo had scored during his days with Los Blancos.
However, overall Ronaldo is still leading by two trebles, having scored 55 hat-tricks in his career for club and country so far, while Messi now has 53.
The victory saw Barcelona retake the lead at the top of LaLiga, with both Real and Barca sitting on 34 points, but the Blaugrana have a better goal difference.
Messi, meanwhile, has now scored 14 goals in all competitions this season, with 12 of them coming in LaLiga – one more than Karim Benzema, who follows in second place oin the Pichichi race.
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