Ranking Lionel Messi's five most memorable Barcelona hat tricks

Ranking Lionel Messi's five most memorable Barcelona hat tricks
From ESPN - September 20, 2017

Last weekend there was a hat trick in the Catalan derby against Espanyol, and on Tuesday there were four more goals as Barcelona put six past Eibar.

September has not been a bad month for Lionel Messi.

So far this season, he has 12 goals in just eight appearances in all competitions, and his trebles against Espanyol and Eibar took him to 39 hat tricks in total for Barcelona.

Here are five of the most memorable ones:

5. Sevilla, 2014

If you are going to break the La Liga goal-scoring record, you should probably do it in style. That was the logic applied by Messi, anyway.

Telmo Zarra left Athletic Bilbao in 1955 having scored 251 goals for the Basque club in Spain's top flight. It's a record that lasted almost 60 years, until Messi came along.

He drew level with Zarra in a league game at Camp Nou against Sevilla. And he quickly pulled clear, too, scoring two more goals in the same game.

It was a brilliant hat trick as well.

The first was a stunning free kick, the second came via a one-two with Neymar and the third courtesy of a typically slaloming run inside from the right, a give-and-go with Neymar and a perfectly executed finish.

4. Manchester City, 2016

Not even inside knowledge can help stop Messi when he's on form, as former coach Pep Guardiola has found out.

Guardiola worked with him for four years in Catalonia but was helpless to prevent him scoring two goals at Camp Nou as Barca knocked Bayern Munich out of the Champions League in 2015.

Back for more punishment in 2016, now as Manchester City boss, Messi again turned on the style against his former coach, scoring the 37th hat trick of his club career.

A dribble and a one-two with Andres Iniesta -- aided by some sloppy City defending -- led to the first goal. The second was a punched finish from the edge of the box and the third was teed up by Luis Suarez.

3. Arsenal, 2010


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