As the news of Lionel Messi Barcelona exit continues to rumble, let's continue to revive some of his illustrious achievement in Barcelona Colours.
Promoted from Barca B at the age of 16 under then Barcelona head coach, Rijkaard, he made his official La Liga debut in the derby match against Espanyol in October 2004 of the 2004/2005 season. Though he played sparingly, that season saw him win his first La Liga title with the Blaugranes. But it was in the 2005/2006 season that Lionel Messi's name came to the limelight. He instrumental in a period when Barcelona took dominance of the Spanish League from Real Madrid, to cement their legacy as one of the masters of the business show.
In total, he scored a total 474 goals, 217 assists in 520 La Liga appearances and in the proceeds, became the highest goal scorer in FC Barcelona History as well as in the Spanish La Liga history.
Some of his 474 goals in La Liga have come from his 36 hat-tricks in league matches, a number that place him on the top chart of players with highest hat-tricks in La Liga ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo's 34. He also hold a joint record of highest hat-tricks in a single season. In this article, the writer wish to reveal when he scored his first and last La Liga hat-trick as a Barcelona player.
The Day Lionel Messi Scored his first La Liga Hat-trick.
Aged 19-years, the former Barcelona Captain, wearing Barcelona No.19 Jersey, played alongside Samuel Eto'o and Ronaldinho on March 10th 2007, against Real Madrid FC and scored his first La Liga Hat-trick for the Blaugranes.
The then youngster was the star of the show as he outshined the regular forwards to earn his side a point in a 3-3 El Clasico draw. In addition, the match was his fourth in the famed El Clasico battle.
The Day Lionel Messi Scored his Last La Liga Hat-trick.
Lionel Messi's last hat-trick in La Liga was in the 2019/20 season in February 2020, where Barcelona beat Eibar in a 5-0 scoreline at the Camp Nou.
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