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Watch: Lionel Messi records first hat trick of season

FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi recorded his first trick since March with three goals against Granada on Saturday.
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Barcelona’s Lionel Messi recorded his first trick since March with three goals against Granada on Saturday.

The first came in the eighth minute, as Messi dribbled through a cast of defenders before spraying the ball wide to Arda Turan. The Turk then registered his first assist of the season with his new club as Messi provided a little touch past the goalkeeper. 

The second was yet another example of the lethal interplay between Messi and his attack partners Luis Suarez and Neymar. Neymar started the move with a pass to Suarez, Suarez one-touched it to Messi, and Messi touched it over the line with the goalkeeper stranded. 

The third was the most opportunistic of all, as Messi pounced on a rebound after Neymar hit the post. 

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Neymar would later add a fourth for Barcelona, breaking a particularly impressive streak to start the year for Messi. Until Neymar scored, Messi has either scored or assisted on Barcelona's first seven goals of 2016.