Lionel Messi edge closer in breaking C. Ronaldo record in La Liga as a player with most Hattrick.
The Argentine Superstar opened up the scoring with a free-kick away to Real Betis in the 25th minutes before netting two times more from a close distance.
Lionel Messi only needs one more hattrick to equal C. Ronaldo’s record in La Liga of 34 hattricks after scoring 3 times for Barcelona against Real Betis on away game on Sunday.
Barcelona cruised to a 4-1 victory on Sunday at Benito Villamarin Stadium, with Luis Suarez netting one of Barcelona 4 goals in the same match. Luiz Suarez has also equaled Diego Forlan record in La Liga history as Uruguay joint-highest scorer.
Lionel Messi slammed a free-kick in the 25th minutes to claim a 1-0 lead before firing in 2 fantastic finishes from close range, which include an unforgettable chip over Real Betis goalkeeper Pau Lopez for his 3rd goal, to round off an excellent performance and also bag his 33rd hattrick in the Spanish League.
In fact, it is definitely a matter of time before Lionel Messi equals his Portuguese opponent in the League hattrick count after C. Ronaldo switched to Serie A Giants Juventus last summer.
Barcelona now has an Advantage Over Atletico Madrid with a 10-point lead and also a 12-point lead over Real Madrid, and their hitman Lionel Messi has played out a significant role in their leading title defense.
The Argentina Superstar is currently with 27 league goals which is above other players in Europe’s top 5 leagues (English Premier League, Spanish League, Seria A, German League, and France League ) this season.
Should Ernesto Valverde’s side win the games against rivalry side Espanyol, Villareal, and Atletico Madrid, it could systematically tie up the league title with 7 games left to end the 2018/2019 season.