FIFA World Player of the year Lionel Messi was rampant yesterday as he led FC Barcelona to a 4-2 win over Real Zaragoza in the Spanish La Liga.
In a performance reminiscent of fellow Argentine Diego Maradona in his heyday, Messi opened the scoring with a well-placed header in the 5th minute. A solo effort that saw him strip the ball from a Zaragoza defender and dribble past at three others in the 65th doubled the lead for the Blaugrana.
Messi got his second successive La Liga hat trick 12 minutes from time before Zaragoza substitute Adrian Colunga notched two late goals for the hosts to make the game 3-1 and 3-2. However, Messi won a penalty towards the end of the match which was converted by striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The victory sees Barcelona on 68 points from 27 games and level with league leaders (on goal difference) Real Madrid.