Lionel Messi set yet another superb record subsequent to becoming the first player to score 30 goals plus in seven different seasons in the Spanish top flight.
The Barcelona superstar reached the milestone for the 2017-18 season by notching a brilliant hat-trick at the Estadio Riazor as the Catalan giants wrapped up their 25th Laliga title with a 4-2 win over relegation-bound Deportivo.
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Messi’s 30 goals of the campaign came in the 38 minutes when Luis Suarez superb cross to the far post and Messi was in prime position to volley home to give Barca a 2-0 lead after Philippe Coutinho had strike home in the early moment of the game.
Messi at that point needed to settle Barcelona nerves in the 80 minutes of the game after the Branquiazuis were fighting hard to avoid relegation waters, two quick goals from Lucas Perez and Emre Colak saw the home side level to 2-2.
With just 8 minutes away from stoppage time, Messi reestablished the visitor’s lead in the wake of being teed up by Suarez again, the duo superb one-two pass sees Messi rock his way past Depor defence to complete his hat-trick.
Lionel Messi hat-trick at the Riazor took him ahead of in-form Liverpool star Mohamed Salah in the race to win the Golden Shoe as he is currently on 32 League goals for the season, with the Egyptian forward just one goal behind Messi.
The 2009-10 campaign was Messi’s first time to struck 30 goals, and he surpassed that feat again in the following three years. In 2011-12, Messi struck an amazing 50 goals in La Liga and was on the verge of repeating the milestone in 2012-13 when he netted 46 times, falling short of four goals.
However, he missed the 30 goals mark in the 2013-14 campaign but was back averaging more goals per game in La Liga in 2014-15 when he notched 43 goals in 38 appearances for the Blaugrana.
The 30-year-old got 37 goals in 32 games in the Spanish top flight and he has now reached another the 30-goals mark again with his superb performances against Deportivo