Barcelona forward Lionel Messi netted his 35th league hat-trick against Real Mallorca
Lionel Messi celebrated his 6th Ballon D’Or award at Camp Nou with a brilliant hat-trick as the Argentinian scratching his name into the football history books again after pulling clear of Portuguese Ronaldo’s 34 La Liga trebles to stand alone. With one of their best performances of the season, Barcelona cruised to a 5-2 win over promoted Mallorca on Saturday, 7th December 2019 keeping pace with Real Madrid and regaining the league lead.
Before the match, Lionel Messi was presented with the Ballon d’Or award which he won for best player of the year on Monday, 2nd December 2019. Messi’s three young sons carried the trophy out to him as the Camp Nou crowd chanted his name, before putting on a show which highlights why he is considered the best player on the planet.
Barcelona sizzled in the attack, with Antione Griezmann dinking the ball over Manolo Reina to break the deadlock after seven minutes. The Catalans constantly threatened and lionel Messi whipped home the 2nd from distance 10 minutes later, curling the ball effortlessly into the top left corner.
Ante Budimir pulled one back for Mallorca with an effort that deflected off Clement Lenglet, but Messi soon stroked home a 2nd. Luis Suarez scored the pick of the bunch two minutes before halftime, powerfully back-heeling past Reina after being set up brilliantly by Frenkie de Jong.
Budimir headed in a 2nd with Ander Ter Stegen out of position but Lionel Messi wrapped up the win by rifling home his 3rd, a record 35th La Liga hat-trick. It was Messi’s 12th goal of the season, making him the division’s top scorer, completing an excellent week for the forward after his success at the gala in Paris on Monday. Barcelona has won 9 of their last 10 league matches, including 4 in a row. In fact, Barcelona has lost only once in their last 14 games in all competitions.
2019-2020 club season statistics
Messi for Barcelona
Goal ratio: 0.93
Penalties: 2 (0 missed)