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Messi Equals Ronaldo Record, Closes In On Two More!

FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi put in a superb performance against Sevilla on the weekend, scoring his 50th career hat-trick and equalling a record set by Cristiano Ronaldo in doing so, while closing in on another two of his longstanding rival's milestones.

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

The Argentine netted a treble and assisted his side's fourth goal to help the Blaugrana come from behind twice in their 4-2 win on Saturday.

Messi thus took his tally to 25 goals in LaLiga this season, reaching this milestone for a 10th successive campaign. The 31-year-old also leads the European Golden Shoe race, three goals ahead of Kylian Mbappe and six more than third-placed Ronaldo.

He also equalled Ronaldo's all-time record of the most hat-tricks for a Spanish club, with Saturday's triplet being his 44th hat-trick for Barcelona – as many as Ronaldo scored during his time at Real Madrid.

The Portuguese still leads the way when it comes to hat-tricks scored in LaLiga, having netted three or more league goals in a match on 34 occasions, while Messi's Man of the Match performance against Sevilla saw him score his 32nd hat-trick in the Spanish top flight.

Overall, Ronaldo is one career hat-trick ahead of Messi, who scored his 50th treble on the weekend. The Albiceleste talisman has scored 32 hat-tricks in LaLiga, eight in the UEFA Champions League – a competition record – three in the Copa del Rey and one in the Spanish Super Cup, and also netted six trebles for Argentina.

Read: The Top 11 Goalscorers In Europe This Season So Far

Ronaldo, meanwhile, scored 34 hat-tricks in LaLiga, seven in the Champions League, two in the Copa del Rey and one at the FIFA Club World Cup for Real. In addition, he also scored one hat-trick for Manchester United and six for his country, but is yet to register a treble for Juventus.

Messi or Ronaldo – who is the better goalscorer, and why? Have your say in the comments section below.

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