Lionel Messi on the verge of overtaking another Cristiano Ronaldo's record
What's the story?
Messi had his 44th hat-trick for Barcelona after his recent exploits in the La Liga, the same number of hat-tricks Cristiano scored during his time with Spanish giants Real Madrid.
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The 31-year-old magician leads the goal scoring charts in the La Liga with 25 goals and has already scored over 30 goals for Barcelona in all competitions.
Messi has also provided 11 assists with Barcelona in the La Liga and is the best dribbler in Europe's top five leagues ahead of Hazard and Sancho, according to report.
It is crystal clear that Messi is enjoying another historic campaign. As a result, Barcelona are in pole position to secure the Spanish League once again as they sit top of the table, seven and nine points ahead of rivals Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid respectively.
On the other hand, Cristiano leads the race for top scorers in the Serie A with his 19 goals in the season so far and leads the assists charts with 8 assists in the Italian League.
The heart of the matter
Lionel Messi reminded the world that he is still the best in the world at the moment despite not getting any younger.
With 34 hat-tricks, Cristiano still leads regarding most hat-tricks scored in the La Liga but his arch rival, Messi is breathing on his neck as he scored his 32nd hat-trick against Sevilla in the Spanish League.
In all competitions, The Portuguese talisman is just one career hat-trick ahead of Messi, having scored hat-trick 51 times in his glittering career. Meanwhile, Messi has done that 50 times and will eye on overtaking his arch rival's tally in near future.
There is no doubt that both Cristiano and Messi has proved to be two of the greatest goalscorers of our generation and they continue to push each other their quest for greatness.
It looks likely that Messi will break Cristiano's record in the La Liga as the Portuguese talisman left Real Madrid to play for Juventus last summer. Since his arrival at Turin, he has failed to score a hat-trick yet for Serie A giants.
On the other hand, Messi will look to play a crucial role for his team as Barcelona face arch rivals Real Madrid twice in the coming week.
Modified 20 Dec 2019, 21:45 IST