Barcelona maestro Lionel Messi single-handedly dismantled relegation-threatened Eibar to break Cristiano Ronaldo’s record
The reigning La Liga holders demolished out-of-sorts Eibar 5-0 at the Camp Nou on Saturday afternoon as the Argentinean ran riot, scoring a poker of goals to end his four-game goal drought.
Barcelona fans eagerly waited for their hero to end his longest scoreless run since 2013/14, and the 32-year-old has managed to live up to expectations as usual.
Four goals scored against Eibar saw Messi leapfrog his arch-nemesis, Cristiano Ronaldo, for the number of hat-tricks scored for a club, taking his tally to 36 in Spain’s top-flight.
A one-man show that set the Camp Nou on fire also propelled Messi to 1,000 goal contributions, which is something no other player has ever done so far.
What’s more, he has done it in some style!
Indeed, although the visitors defended well in the opening stage of the game, Messi executed an inch-perfect nutmeg and roared his way through four Eibar players before flicking the ball past Marko Dmitrovic.
Eight minutes before the break, the left-footed wizard switched through the gears, making it impossible for the opposition defenders to follow his blistering pace to put clear daylight between the sides.
Messi’s third goal on the day arrived in final moments of the first half, and the fans waited for the 87th minute to see the Argentinean’s poker of goals completed.
Arthur tapped the ball into an empty net only two minutes later to make it 5-0 for the rampant hosts and put them in the right mood ahead of their UEFA Champions League trip to Napoli on Tuesday.