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VIDEO: Messi scores first half hat trick for Barcelona

La Liga

Barcelona’s Argentine forward Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona against SD Eibar at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on February 22, 2020. (Photo by Josep LAGO / AFP) (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

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Lionel Messi scored a first half hat trick for Barcelona against Eibar on Saturday.

Messi, 32, is warming up quite well for the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg as he tore Eibar’s defense to shreds to put them 3-0 up at the break.

In a week where Messi and Barcelona have been in the news amid an emergency signing of Martin Braithwaite, a social media spying scandal and plenty of criticism of sporting director Eric Abidal, the Argentine ace got back to doing what he does best.

Barcelona sat in second place in the La Liga table heading into this weekend, one point behind Real Madrid.

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