Lionel Messi beat Cristiano Ronaldo’s record by scoring his 35th La Liga hat-trick against Mallorca on Saturday at Nou Camp.
The Argentine’s latest record came just after winning his sixth Ballon D’Or which held in Paris on December 2, 2019.
Anthony Griezmann gave Barcelona an early lead by scoring in the 7th minute. Messi, who had shown off his Ballon D’Or award to the crowd before kickoff, netted in the second goal for Barça.
But Mallorca’s Ante Budimir responded with a goal at the 35th minute.
Then Messi made it 3-1 with another rocket long range shot after 41 minutes and Luis Suarez made a backheel shot over keeper Reina’s outstretched arm into the net.
However, Budimir headed his second goal for Mallorca in a brave attempt to close the goal gap. But Messi beat the visitors again by shooting a powerful shot inside Reina’s post following a lay-off by Sergi Roberto in the area after 83 minutes.
Messi’s 35th hat-trick in 34 games beat Ronaldo’s record in the same 34 games.
Meanwhile, Barcelona are back to the top of La Liga ahead of Real Madrid while Mallorca are just a point above relegation.