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Lionel Messi scores hat-trick as Barcelona hammer Mallorca in La Liga tie

- Barcelona vs Mallorca's Spanish La Liga encounter ended 5-2 in favor of Catalans

- Lionel Messi scored three goals for Barcelona in this tie at the Camp Nou

- The Argentina international has now scored a record 35th La Liga hat-trick

Spanish champions Barcelona on Saturday night, December 7, continued with their impressive performance this season in La Liga beating visiting Mallorca 5-2.

Barcelona started the match impressively and it took the Catalan giants only seven minutes to score the first goal through Antoine Griezmann who was assisted by Marc Stegen.

Lionel Messi scored the second goal in the 17th minute after receiving an assist from France international Antoine Griezmann.

The visitors however pulled one back in the 35th minute through Ante Budimir who got an assist from Salva Sevilla.

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But Lionel Messi increased the scoreline for Barcelona in the 41st minute and it was Ivan Rakitic who provided the assist.

Two minutes later, it was the turn of Luis Suarez to find the back of the net after benefiting from a superb pass by Frendie De Jong.

Ante Budimir scored another goal for Mallorca in the 64th minute, but Lionel Messi's late minute goal made sure Barcelona won the match 5-2.

Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Lionel Messi made a striking confession after revealing he does not want a life contract at Camp Nou despite his desire to remain at Barcelona.

The 32-year-old's future at the club remains uncertain when club President Josep Bartomeu revealed that their captain has a clause in his contract which enables him to leave at the end of the season.

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