Individual highlights: Lionel Messi scores a hat-trick as Barcelona slaughter Raja Casablanca 8-0

Let’s start with some eye-popping stats.

Lionel Messi has now scored 7 goals in his last 5 friendly matches with Barcelona. Moreover, the Argentine has now scored 22 hat-tricks in his Nou Camp career.

Tangier on Saturday night saw the world’s best footballer on the planet return to the pitch to devastating affect. It may have only been a friendly against lessor opposition, but the Flea laid down a marker with three goals in his first warm-up game of the summer.

Messi played 64 minutes against the Moroccans,but that was more than enough time for the diminutive forward to remind everyone of his greatness.

After Alexis had opened for the Catalans, Messi doubled the lead in the 34th with a lovely finished following Ibrahim Afellay’s inch-perfect through ball.

Four minutes later Messi scored again with a simple left-footed strike and, after Alexis had bagged his second of the match, Messi sowed up his hat-trick in the 45th minute after Sanchez unselfishly teed up the Barca 10 inside the Raja box.

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Watch Lionel Messi’s highlights v Raja below.

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