Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi scored hat-tricks in yesterdays La Liga matches. Real Madrid defeated Athletic Bilbao 5-1 at the Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, while Barcelona hammered Almeria 0-8 in South-East Spain.
Messi scored the only goal of the game for Argentina against South American rivals in Doha. While Ronaldo had played for Portugal in their 4-0 victory over World Champions Spain at Benfica’s Estadio da Luz in Lisbon.
Ronaldo has scored two hat-tricks for Real this season. The first came in October when Real won 6-1 against Racing. He has netted 15 times in 12 league matches this season for top placed Real.
Messi has scored in his eight last matches, including international and Champion League games. He has 13 goals in 10 league matches so far this season. Barca are second in the table one point behind Real.
It’s just over a week until Ronaldo and Messi meet at the Nou Camp.
To be continued …
Photos: Boldorak and Jan Solo