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Messi’s fantastic side-volley keys 50th hat trick, Barca comeback (video)

Lionel Messi

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi with his teammate Luis Suarez celebrate after scoring his side’s third goal during La Liga soccer match between Sevilla and Barcelona at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville, Spain. Saturday, February 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Miguel Morenatti)


There is only one Lionel Messi, which in itself is a rare argument in favor of cloning.

Barcelona twice trailed Sevilla on Saturday in one of its last real tests of the league season, and Messi scored thrice and assisted Luis Suarez in a 4-2 comeback win that stretched its table lead to 10 points.

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The hat trick? No. 50 for his career.


Six of those three-goal days came with Argentina, while the other 44 arrived with Messi in a blaugrana shirt. He’s also now scored 650 career goals for club and country.

The best, and a pretty good cross from Ivan Rakitic. It’s nice to have someone of his ilk as a playmaker.

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