Lionel Messi scores hat trick in 12 minutes, sets La Liga career record

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Lionel Messi sets La Liga hat trick record
Sunday March 8th, 2015

Barcleona jumped to first place in La Liga Saturday thanks to a 6-1 win over Rayo Vallecano that was underpinned by three quick, record-setting goals from Lionel Messi.

The goals, coming in the 56th, 63rd and 68th minutes of competition, formed the 32nd of Messi's career.

That mark is good enough for the most hat tricks at any level of professional Spanish soccer.

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It was also Messi's 24th hat trick during his time in La Liga, which allowed him to surpass Cristiano Ronaldo for the league's all-time hat trick record. 

Check out the goals below (h/t @OGuiadoFutebol for the Vines). 

Barcelona will host Eibar on Satuday before facing Manchester United in a Champions League round of 16 match on Mar. 18.

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