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Barcelona 5-2 Mallorca: Lionel Messi hat-trick sends Barcelona top

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi has scored 35 La Liga hat-tricks, including four in 2019

Lionel Messi celebrated winning his sixth Ballon d'Or with a hat-trick as Barcelona beat Mallorca to move top of La Liga.

He scored two excellent finishes from outside the box before smashing in a third off the underside of the crossbar.

Antoine Griezmann had opened the scoring for Barca, with Luis Suarez netting an outrageous backheel.

Ante Budimir scored twice for struggling Mallorca.

Messi showed off his Ballon d'Or trophy - awarded to the best player in the world - to the Nou Camp crowd before kick-off, with his family on the pitch alongside him.

And he finished the match with his 35th La Liga hat-trick, breaking the record of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Barcelona were excellent at times, particularly in the first half, with some fantastic passing movement.

However their first goal came when Griezmann chased onto Marc-Andre ter Stegen's long goal-kick before clipping the ball over the goalkeeper.

The France international then set up Messi's first, a fine curling effort from 25 yards. Budimir scored a deflected strike for Mallorca, before Messi scored a similar goal to his first, this time from an Ivan Rakitic pass.

Suarez scored the best goal of the game, however. An excellent passing move ended with Frenkie de Jong finding Suarez, who backheeled the ball into the ground and over goalkeeper Manolo Reina.

Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez scoring his audacious backheel

Budimir headed in his second for Mallorca before Messi smashed in his third from Suarez's lay-off. He is now La Liga's top scorer with 12 goals - from only 10 games.

Barcelona go back to the top, above Real Madrid - who beat Espanyol 2-0 earlier on Saturday. The title rivals meet in El Clasico in 11 days' time.

Line-ups

Barcelona

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 20RobertoBooked at 8mins
  • 3PiquéBooked at 67mins
  • 15Lenglet
  • 24Firpo
  • 4RakiticSubstituted forAleñáat 72'minutes
  • 5Busquets
  • 21de JongSubstituted forVidalat 64'minutesBooked at 79mins
  • 10Messi
  • 9Suárez
  • 17GriezmannSubstituted forPérezat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Todibo
  • 13Murara Neto
  • 16Wague
  • 19Aleñá
  • 22Vidal
  • 23Umtiti
  • 27Pérez

Mallorca

  • 1Reina
  • 15Gámez
  • 24Valjent
  • 21Raíllo
  • 2Sastre
  • 26Kubo
  • 12BabaSubstituted forSeñéat 71'minutes
  • 8SevillaSubstituted forHernándezat 59'minutes
  • 14Rodríguez Vázquez
  • 23Febas
  • 22BudimirSubstituted forPratsat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Señé
  • 5Campos Coll
  • 9Prats
  • 13Fabri
  • 19Chavarria
  • 20Sedlar
  • 29Hernández
Referee:
José Luis Munuera Montero
Attendance:
71,072

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamMallorca
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home25
Away9
Shots on Target
Home17
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home15
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Barcelona 5, Mallorca 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Barcelona 5, Mallorca 2.

Attempt saved. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

Attempt blocked. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sergio Busquets.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Martin Valjent.

Attempt missed. Arturo Vidal (Barcelona) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Aleix Febas.

Attempt saved. Carles Pérez (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Carles Aleñá (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

Júnior Firpo (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Fran Gámez (Mallorca).

Foul by Arturo Vidal (Barcelona).

Joan Sastre (Mallorca) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Carles Pérez replaces Antoine Griezmann.

Substitution

Substitution, Mallorca. Abdón Prats replaces Ante Budimir.

Goal!

Goal! Barcelona 5, Mallorca 2. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

Foul by Carles Aleñá (Barcelona).

Joan Sastre (Mallorca) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Carles Aleñá (Barcelona).

Juan Hernández (Mallorca) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Arturo Vidal (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt saved. Sergi Roberto (Barcelona) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

Attempt saved. Juan Hernández (Mallorca) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Takefusa Kubo (Mallorca) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dani Rodríguez.

Attempt saved. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Arturo Vidal.

Attempt blocked. Juan Hernández (Mallorca) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joan Sastre.

Foul by Júnior Firpo (Barcelona).

Fran Gámez (Mallorca) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Carles Aleñá replaces Ivan Rakitic.

Attempt missed. Dani Rodríguez (Mallorca) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Mallorca. Josep Señé replaces Iddrisu Baba.

Corner, Mallorca. Conceded by Sergio Busquets.

Sergi Roberto (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joan Sastre (Mallorca).

Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ante Budimir (Mallorca).

Booking

Gerard Piqué (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Gerard Piqué (Barcelona).

Juan Hernández (Mallorca) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Barcelona 4, Mallorca 2. Ante Budimir (Mallorca) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Fran Gámez with a cross.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona15111341182334
2Real Madrid15104132112134
3Sevilla159331914530
4Real Sociedad158252618826
5Ath Bilbao15753179826
6Atl Madrid166821610626
7Valencia167542623326
8Getafe156632316724
9Granada167362320324
10Osasuna155732117422
11Levante166282025-520
12Villarreal165472824419
13Real Betis155461925-619
14Real Valladolid154651418-418
15Alavés165381723-618
16Eibar154381527-1215
17Mallorca1642101628-1214
18Celta Vigo153481020-1013
19Espanyol1623111030-209
20Leganés151311825-176
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