Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has hailed Lionel Messi for his 35th La Liga hat-trick, which saw him overtake arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo, who had 34 hat-tricks during his time at Real Madrid. Valverde went on to state that this was a good way to celebrate Messi’s sixth Ballon d’Or trophy as Barcelona defeated Real Mallorca 5-2.
The Argentine scored in the 17th, 41st and 83rd minute to complete yet another hat-trick and help Barcelona reclaim the top spot in La Liga table. When quizzed about Messi’s performance, manager Valverde said, “Unbelievable. It was a good way to celebrate the Ballon d’Or.”
The Barcelona boss revealed that he was surprised by Luis Suarez’s no-look backheel finish as well, which was probably the best of the five goals the Catalan giants scored in the win. Here’s the Uruguayan’s goal.
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“The situation took me by surprise. I thought it was a pass to a team-mate.
“It surprised me, but it was an extraordinary goal. I told him that there had been a few easier chances and this one, which was improbable, went in,” Valverde said.