Lionel Messi hattrick, two free kicks for Barcelona in win vs. Celta

Barcelona 4-1 Celta Vigo: Lionel Messi hits hat-trick as champions reclaim top spot

He was his phenomenal self on Saturday, as he scored a couple of free-kick goals for Barcelona in a game against Celta Vigo in the Spanish domestic league- La Liga. But the Catalan giants bounced back in style, with Messi leading the way with a superb hat-trick.

Messi gave Barca an early lead from the penalty spot, only for Celta, in their first match under new boss Oscar Garcia, to equalise through Lucas Olaza's free-kick.

Messi equaled Cristiano Ronaldo's record of 34 hat-tricks in the Primera Division in the game, while Sergio Busquets capped things off with Barca's first goal from open play in nearly three games as time ran out.

A penalty-kick in the 23rd minute preceded the set-piece masterclass that would soon unravel in Catalonia, while Sergio Busquets completed the rout in the 85th minute.

Semedo has played 16 games for the Blaugranas this season - 12 of those appearances coming in the La Liga and four in the Champions League. Both the players have 34 hat-tricks till date.

After Lionel Messi's brilliant show against Celta Vigo, Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde said that it is impossible not to depend on the Argentine."It's impossible not to depend on Messi. Because when you are used to a regular feeling, it forces you to improve". "He dominates the art of free kick taking, and opponents know they can not afford to give away fouls near our area".

"Without him, the match it would have been very different, and we would have had an even chance of winning". "The other day we had a painful defeat and we had to win today". When they do, we try to take advantage.

Barcelona now sit at the top of La Liga once more, level on points with rivals Real Madrid.

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