Lionel messi has now equalled rival and ex real Madrid talisman Cristiano Rinaldo
Ronaldo who has since moved to juventus was the record holder in terms of most hatricks scored in LA liga with 34
Messi equalled the record with his two sublime freekicks and a well taken penalty to move Barcelona back to the top of the Spanish league table
Messi is in his 16th season with Barcelona while Ronaldo spent 9 seasons at real Madrid might see his record eclipsed by messi in the coming months
Both players will now set their eyes on the international break with messi available for selection again after completing his 3 months football ban on the international level
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