Author of a new festival Saturday night in the victory of FC Barcelona against Celta Vigo (4-1), Lionel Messi has equaled Cristiano Ronaldo to the number of triplets registered in Liga. And the Argentinian is now ahead of the Portuguese in another category.
If Cristiano Ronaldo joined Italy and Juventus in the summer of 2018, he still held, until Saturday night, the record number of triplets registered in La Liga: 34. A record that Lionel Messi managed to match against Celta Vigo (4-1), with a hat-trick (23rd, 45th + 1 and 48th). But the Argentinian Barca needed 459 league games (for 427 goals) to reach this total, while the former Madrid had reached him in 292 games (for a total of 311 goals).
Against the Galician, Messi first opened the scoring penalty, before registering two goals on direct free kick. A category where he is now ahead, in club, his Portuguese rival. For he has brought to 46 his number of achievements in the exercise while "CR7", which has still not scored on a free kick with the Turin club despite nearly 30 attempts, has scored him 45 (13 with Manchester United, 32 with Real Madrid).
However, if we add the free kicks in the selection, Ronaldo (54 goals) still ahead of Messi (52). Two living legends of football that should soon be able to decide in another area. Because they have each won the Ballon d'Or five times, and the 2019 edition should again devote one of two, while Luka Modric had ended last year at the hegemony of the duo, which systematically grabbed the prestigious trophy since 2008.