FC Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has etched closer to an incredible LaLiga record held by Cristiano Ronaldo after scoring his 51st career hat-trick against Real Betis.
Messi produced another remarkable display for in LaLiga on Sunday evening to move Barca 10 points clear of Atletico Madrid in the title race.
The 31-year-old netted his third hat-trick of the LaLiga campaign and fourth of the season, with three sublime goals which prompted a standing ovation from the home supporters at the Benito Villamarín Stadium.
And in the process, the Blaugrana captain netted his 33rd LaLiga treble, moving closer to the Spanish top-flight record of 34 hat-tricks, held by Real Madrid all-time record goal-scorer, Ronaldo.
Overall, Messi has now scored 39 goals and registered 21 assists in 39 games across all competitions. Kickoff