Leo Messi’s hat trick against Atlético Madrid was his eighth for Barça. This was the second time he has hit three against Atlético, while his other victims have been Real Madrid, Tenerife, Valencia, Zaragoza and Osasuna.
According to tradition, anyone who scores three goals in a game gets to keep the ball. If Messi
carries on the way he is, he won’t have much space left in his house any more! He has just
added two more hat tricks to his tally, making a total of eight in the league championship.
FCB, 3 – R. Madrid, 3. 2006/07
Leo Messi delighted the Camp Nou on March 10, 2007 when a mere 19 year old secured
his place in club history by scoring his first ever professional hat trick against
Barcelona’s biggest rival of all.
Tenerife, 0 – FCB, 5. 2009/10
On January 10, 2010, Barça stormed the Canary Islands. Tenerife conceded five
goals, and three of those were the work of Messi. He scored two in the first half and then scored
an absolute peach of a chipped goal to add to the problems for José Luis Oltra.
FCB, 3– Valencia, 0. 2009/10
The first half of this game at the Camp Nou had ended with no score. But Messi came
to life in the second with three goals. For the first, he left Banega and Bruno standing before
beating Dealbert with a cheeky dummy and slipping the ball past César. The other two goals both
came from brilliant assists by Henry, who also played his part in a wonderful performance.
Zaragoza, 2 – FCB, 4. 2009/10
Leo Messi almost missed this game at La Romareda with a dental problem. But he was
well in time to play and scored the first three goals of the game. The second was a delight to
behold. He won the ball in midfield and then worked his way around everything Zaragoza could throw
at him before finishing the run with a pinpoint strike into the back of the net.
Almeria, 0 – FCB, 8. 2010/11
When Barcelona win by a margin like this, you can be assured that Messi will have
something to do with it. At the Juegos Mediterráneos in Almeria, he was on target three times as
Barcelona achieved its joint highest away win ever.