It was the 32nd hat trick of Messi’s La Liga career, while he has notched eight in the Champions League, three in the Copa del Rey, one in the Spanish Super Cup and six in international competition with Argentina.
He is second in the all-time La Liga list behind former Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, who has 34, but the two are tied on 44 club hat tricks in all competitions. Messi was on 647 career goals going into the match against Sevilla… Once again, the stars aligned, and he achieved a new incredible stat record: 650 career goals!
“Today we were ourselves again and we produced a great performance”, Messi told reporters after some patchy Barcelona play previously in February. “We went through a spell where, to be honest, we did not play our best football so that made it much harder for us to score”, he added.
According to the Argentinian star: “You have different moments over a season and we can’t always play at the highest level. But when we manage to get the play to flow, things always happen for us”.
Valverde: a happy man
“Lionel not only scored three goals, but you have to see where, when and how he gets them”, Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde told reporters after the match. “We have a decisive and superlative player”, he said during the post-match press conference.
At the age of 31, Messi shows no signs of slowing down. His treble takes him up to 25 La Liga goals for the season, an average of one every 75 minutes. He is nine clear of Suarez in second place and almost twice the top scorer of any other team, Cristhian Stuani’s 13 for Girona.
In all competitions, he has 33 goals in 32 games – including six in the Champions League as Barcelona chase the treble.