Lionel Messi’s Hat-Trick Leads Barcelona to 5-2 Rout of Mallorca in La Liga
Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick as Barcelona hammered their way to a 5-2 win over Mallorca at the Camp Nou on Saturday, when the Blaugrana reclaimed the lead in La Liga from Real Madrid.
Antoine Griezmann scored an impressive opener for the hosts, but Messi soon took the spotlight with a brace before half-time, followed shortly by a back-heeled Goal of the Season contender from Luis Suarez.
Ante Budimir scored both goals for Mallorca, but his side couldn’t come up with a result at the Camp Nou, where Messi capped off a successful week with his second hat-trick of the campaign:
Ernesto Valverde’s side are unbeaten in seven games and have won their last six across all competitions.
Barcelona travel to Inter Milan on Tuesday already assured of a first-place finish in UEFA Champions League Group F, with the first Clasico of the season against Real Madrid set for December 18. Mallorca travel to Celta Vigo on Sunday.