And for my next trick: Lionel Messi passes up 300th La Liga goal

And for my next trick: Lionel Messi passes up 300th La Liga goal


Lionel Messi fakes to take a penalty then passes to teammate Luis Suarez to score his hat-trick and Barcelona’s fourth in the 6-1 beating of Celta Vigo.Messi has sidefooted his pass to Suarez from the penalty spot for the Uruguayan to complete his hat-trick with a low shot.

Messi scored the opener, his 299th in La Liga in the first half, a curling and unstoppable free kick from outside the area. But Celta, which stunned Barcelona back in September, was worth its equalizer as John Guidetti leveled from the spot.The second half saw European and reigning Spanish champion Barca at its very best, with Messi setting up Luis Suarez for the go- ahead goal.The Uruguayan’s second was a tap-in after Neymar did the hard work before Messi won a penalty.What followed was sheer bravado as he spurned the opportunity and with Suarez clearly alert to the plan, his third was blasted home, a memorable moment which will be long talked about.It was Suarez’s 39th in all competitions this season and leading 23rd in La Liga.With Celta wilting, Ivan Rakitic got the fifth and Neymar deservedly was on the scoresheet to complete a stunning display from Luis Enrique’s men.Earlier Sunday, Atletico Madrid kept up the pressure in the title race with a 1-0 win at Getafe.Fernando Torres scored the only goal of the match in the second minute, his second in two matches for Diego Simeone’s team which doggedly refuses to give ground to the leader.


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