Messi’s 50th career hat trick and a late Luiz Suarez goal ensured the Catalans got all three points to open a ten point gap between them and second-placed Atletico Madrid who play on Sunday.
The Argentine equalized for the Catalans with an outrageous strike in the 26th minute of the match four minutes after the home team had taken the lead.
Messi has now scored 23 goals in as many La Liga games this season.
This Messi goal doesn't come often... hopefully his form takes an uphill climb from here... stunning strike by all standards. 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/pKt1Tp32ca— Leo-Messi Da in-Vinci-ble 🇦🇷 (@atemuda66) February 23, 2019