Argentina and Barcelona talisman, Lionel Messi is widely hailed as one of the best players in the history of the sport, if not the greatest with the striker winning a number of professional and personal honours, including a record six Ballon d'Or awards.
The 32-year-old was at it again during the Catalan giants 5-0 win over Eibar in LaLiga on Saturday, netting four goals on the night which helped ensure that his side moved back to the top of the league table.
👑 Lionel Messi has scored the 48th hat-trick of his club career, moving ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo’s total of 47 pic.twitter.com/PB75KALMH3— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) February 22, 2020
This was the 48th hat-trick of his club-career, which saw him move ahead of rival, Cristiano Ronaldo in the hat-trick stakes - while also ensuring that he maintained his position at the top of the hat-trick charts in La Liga, with 36 to his name, two above the Portugese who netted 34 trebles during his time at Real Madrid.
Although his feat on the night saw him move past Ronaldo in the all-time club hat-trick stakes, he is still behind him when it comes to overall career hat-tricks across all competitions - with the Argentinian having 54 to his name, as compared to the Juventus star who has 56 across all competitions.
The win for Barcelona on the night, coupled with Madrid's loss saw them take a two-point lead at the top of the league table.