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Messi scores 50th hat-trick in Barcelona 4-2 Win

The Great Lionel Messi recorded a hat trick for the 50th time this past weekend.

Messi provided yet more evidence of his legendary status Saturday when he registered his 50th career hat-trick in a comeback 4-2 win against Sevilla.

Sevilla who are notorious for being difficult to beat at home — having lost only once previously in La Liga this campaign at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium — provided Barcelona with the perfect start in a pivotal week on the road.

Barcelona’s final goal might have come when the game was already wrapped up deep in injury time but it could be a crucial one for Luis Suarez since the under-fire Uruguayan — set up by Messi — scored his first league goal in four weeks. After the game, Messi talked about the struggles Barcelona faced recently and reflected on the game against Sevilla.
“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. 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.”
With Barcelona trailing 1-0 Saturday, Messi sent a thunderous volley into the top corner in the 26th minute with his favored left foot. Then down 2-1, he leveled again with a right-footed finish in the 67th after the home side gave away possession.
A chip from close range in the 85th minute completed Messi’s hat-trick and Barcelona’s revival, which means Ernesto Valverde’s men lead the division by a sizable 10 points over idle Atletico Madrid.
To watch the highlights from the game go to the Next page.
Jake
Editor in Chief and Founder of Flex Sports Network

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