LaLiga: Messi edges closer to equaling Ronaldo’s record after hat-trick against Betis


Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi, needs just one more hat-trick to equal Cristiano Ronaldo’s LaLiga record of 34, after scoring three times against Real Betis on Sunday.

The Spanish giants cruised to a 4-1 victory at Benito Villamarin Stadium, with Luis Suarez notching Barca’s other goal.

Messi slammed home a 25th-minute free-kick to claim a 1-0 lead, before firing in two clinical finishes from close range.

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It was his 33rd hat-trick in the Spanish top flight.

And it is surely now only a matter of time before Messi draws level with his Portuguese rival in the LaLiga hat-trick count, after Ronaldo moved to Serie A champions Juventus last summer.

Messi has now scored 27 league goals, more than anyone else in Europe’s top five leagues this term.

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