Lionel Messi scores hat-tricks but he can also track back in style too (Barcelona-Atletico Madrid)

“I’m happy with the win against a tough team who are not going through the best time and that could have made things hard for us. I am not thinking about being league top scorer at all. The important thing is that we continue this winning run as we have Real Madrid just behind us and we know they will fight to the end.” – Lionel Messi.

“We wouldn’t be were we are if it wasn’t for Leo in our team. Without him we wouldn’t have won so comfortably. You always need to have players who can do something different. Real Madrid won 15 beacause they had Di Stefano. We have now won 16 because we have Messi.”

“He is the best player I have seen – the Di Stefano of the 21st century. It was an amazing performance from Barcelona, they are the number one side and have the capacity to hypnotise the opposition.” – Atletico coach Quique Sanchez Flores.

It was another incredible night’s work for Lionel Messi as he scored all three goals in Barcelona’s 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid, the Catalan giants record breaking 16th successive victory.

Messi has now scored 24 La Liga goals this season, two ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and continues to perform heroics on a weekly basis.

His first goal was the best of the lot with a fine run and low finish and Messi also had a hand in the build-up to both the second and third goals before providing the finishing touch.

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All 21 passes in the build-up to the second goal can be seen on this video.

Arguably the moment of the game though, came at the start of the second half when Messi chased compatriot Sergio Aguero back into his own half and then produced some excellent skill to hold on to the ball.

Lionel Messi’s brilliant tracking back is on this video.

Related video links: Highlights of Barcelona 3 – Atletico Madrid 0.

Gerard Pique’s excellent goal line clearance v Atletico Madrid.

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