Yes, form is temporary and class is permanent for legends, and blah, blah, blah, but there couldn’t be a better comeback for FC Barcelona legend Lionel Messi than a landmark 50th hat-trick.
Hat-trick versus Sevilla
This La Liga season has seen some serious competition by Sevilla. They stand fifth in the ranking, with ten wins, seven draws and eight losses. They started the match versus FC Barcelona with a 1-0 lead, thanks to a quick dribble by Jesús Navas on 22nd minutes. Victory was in sight for the team until Messi struck a volley in the 26th minute, and Gabriel Mercado put Sevilla in front again before half-time, with a goal in the 42nd minute. However, the second half witnessed sheer domination by the Argentine maestro, scoring a right-foot finish in the 67th minute and a vital near finish in the 85th minute to boost FC Barcelona to victory. To top it all off, a goal by Luis Suárez in extra time helped the table toppers win 4-2 versus Sevilla.
50 hat-tricks for Lionel Messi
Last Saturday’s treble notched Lionel Messi’s record 50th hat-trick. He’s currently tied with his frequently-compared rival, Cristiano Ronaldo. 44 of his hat-tricks were scored for his club team, FC Barcelona and six for his national team, Argentina. Out of his 44 domestic hat-tricks, 32 come in La Liga, eight in the Champions League, three in the Copa del Rey and one in the Spanish Super Cup.
Comeback from injury
Due to a niggling injury, the 31-year-old remained out of the team. However, the hat-trick versus Sevilla proved his form, to which FC Barcelona coach believes he’s “decisive and superlative.” He said, “Messi is decisive and superlative, every team has decisive players but we have the best in the world.” “It’s not just his goals either, but because he always delivers in the right place at the right time,” he added.