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LaLiga: Messi nets hat-trick as Barcelona crush Celta Vigo to stay top

SPAIN – Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, scored two brilliant free-kicks and his first hat-trick of the season, as they beat Celta Vigo 4-1 at the Camp Nou on Saturday.

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Messi put the Catalans ahead from the spot in the 23rd minute, before giving away a foul from which Lucas Olaza equalized.

But the Argentine superstar restored Barca before halftime, curling the ball into the top corner.

Messi added another free-kick after the break to make it 3-1, before Sergio Busquets struck the fourth goal.

It was the first win for Barca in three games, after falling to a shock 3-1 defeat at Levante last week in LaLiga and drawing 0-0 at home to Slavia Prague in the Champions League.

They remain on top with 25 points, but a better goal difference from Real Madrid.

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