It was a massive weekend in Spain as the whole complexion on the 2014-15 title race was turned on it’s head.
Prior to the weekend’s matches, Real Madrid were sitting in first place in La Liga, with a two point cushion over second-placed Barcelona.
Real Madrid then proceeded to lose 1-0 away at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, while Luis Enrique’s Catalans took full advantage of that slip up at Sunday lunchtime.
Barcelona thrashed Rayo Vallecano 6-1 at the Camp Nou, in a match that saw Lionel Messi scoop his 24th career hat-trick.
Messi’s three goals against Rayo lifted the Argentine superstar to 18 goals in 2015.
In a jaw-dropping comparison, Messi’s individual gaul-haul in this calendar year is three goals better than the combined efforts of Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale.
It’s also worth pointing out that Messi, who scored his second goal from the penalty spot, has now taken the same amount of penalties with Barca as Cristiano has with Madrid (60 each). Cristiano has scored 55, while Messi has only scored 47 times.
Final stat: Leo Messi is now the first player to record 40+ official goals in six different seasons in the history of Spanish football.