Barcelona coach Valverde hails hat-trick ace Messi: Anything possible with him

Carrie Guzman
November 10, 2019

The Argentine star scored a hat-trick in the Blaugrana's 4-1 win over Celta Vigo on Saturday, including two goals from freekicks. But the Catalan giants bounced back in style, with Messi leading the way with a superb hat-trick.

First half goals from Joselu on 28 minutes and a second four minutes later from Tomas Pina following a howling error from Valladolid keeper Jordi Masip put Alaves on their way before Lucas Perez rounded off the scoring from the penalty spot in the second half with a goal that means he has now scored in each of Alaves' last seven games. But Messi restored Barca's lead right before halftime with a stunning free kick of his own, curling the ball into the top corner.

Sergio Busquets added another in the 85th minute to complete the comprehensive win on the night.

Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi has equalled arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo's record of 34 career La Liga hat-tricks.

As stats reveal, Messi has scored more free-kick goals in a single game (2) than what Ronaldo has managed in 694 days- close to two years.

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On his way to his 34th hat-trick, Messi scored his 51st and 52nd free kicks which shows that he is also one of the best free-kickers in the world at the moment if not the best of the lot. "Because when you are used to a regular feeling, it forces you to improve". "Having him around gives us a real boost".

Valverde said: "It's impossible not to depend on Messi. The other day we had a painful defeat and we had to win today".

"It is an advantage that we have, that our opponents fear and that is fine".

With Real Madrid registering a victory as well, the race for La Liga has become all the more interesting.

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