Leo Messi 3 – Espanyol 0
It was all about one man at the Camp Nou on Saturday evening.
You will not be surprised that Leo Messi stole the show once again for Barcelona with a simply incredible display.
Messi claimed a brilliant hat-trick to secure the win for Barcelona against their great local rivals.
The Messi opener was offside v Espanyol
Messi’s opener against Espanyol came from an Ivan Rakitic pass on 26 minutes. It was clearly offside but the Argentine did not need a helping hand from the officials.
Ten minutes before the break, it was 2-0, Messi bagged his second from a Jordi Alba assist.
And, Messi finished off the win with 23 minutes remaining, Alba grabbing another assist.
Pique, Suarez & Dembele embellish the scoreline
There was still time for Barcelona to embellish the scoreline.
Gerard Pique grabbed number four.
Before substitute Ousmane Dembele came on for his Barcelona debut and set up Luis Suarez for the fifth.
It was an excellent start for Dembele and the assist for Suarez will certainly excite Barcelona fans.
All the best Leo Messi statistics after Espanyol hat-trick:
– Lionel Messi completed his 42nd career hat-trick for club and country. It is his 27th in La Liga.
– Most La Liga hat-tricks:
32 Cristiano Ronaldo
27 Lionel Messi
22 Telmo Zarra
22 Alfredo Di Stefano
– Most goals in Top 5 Euro Leagues in 2017:
-Leo Messi for Barcelona during the month of September (2005-2017):
-Most goals scored against Espanyol in league football:
18 Leo Messi
18 Isidro Lángara
18 Telmo Zarra
-Messi has now scored 38 hat-tricks for Barcelona:
27 La Liga
03 Copa del Rey
07 Champions League
01 Spanish Super Cup
Leo Messi's last 14 games at Camp Nou:
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