Barcelona football Club superstar, Lionel Messi is already setting the stage for his 7th Ballon D’Or trophy when yesterday night he became the first player with most hat trick goals in La Liga history after he scored a delightful hat trick against Mallorca at Camp Nou.
Messi who yesterday displayed his 6th Ballon d’Or award to the Barcelona fans before the match, was in spectacular form all through the night as he wowed the audience with his skills and showed the football world why he won the award.
The game against Real Mallorca ended 5 – 2 in Barcelona’s favor with Antoinne Griezzman and Luiz Suarez getting on the score sheet along with a Messi hat trick, which saw Barcelona go back to the top of the League after Real Madrid had earlier won their game against Espanyol.
The hat trick by the Argentine wizard saw him become the first player in Spanish League history to score 35 hat tricks. He’s closely followed by former Real Madrid player, Cristiano Ronaldo with 34 hat tricks in the league.
Messi has 53 career hat tricks which he scored in 840 games while Ronaldo has 55 career hat tricks in 983 games.
Leo as fondly called by fans is also the present highest goal scorer in the Spanish League with 12 goals in 9 matches along with 5 assists. It is interesting to note that Messi missed out on the first 6 league games of Barcelona as a result of injury. Real Madrid striker, Karim Benzema comes next with 11 goals.
Lionel Messi is also the player with most goals from outside the box this season with 7 goals, only Manchester City, Bordeaux, Barcelona and RB Leipzig have more out of the box goals than Messi in the top 5 leagues.
Furthermore, the hat trick yesterday night saw Messi become the first player in football history to score 10 or more goals in 14 consecutive seasons. In the UEFA Champions League, the world best player has scored 2 goals and created 3 assists in 5 matches.
Recall that in the 2011/2012 season, Messi scored a mouth watering 50 goals in 37 appearances in the league for Barcelona and went on to score 91 goals in the calendar year, a record which no other player has set.
As Messi continues to break football records and set new ones, we keep our fingers crossed and see if at the end of the season, Messi will win another Ballon D’Or award to make it seven. Until then, we stay glued to our television set and enjoy the best of football that Messi has to offer.