Lionel Messi scores magnificent hat-trick for Barcelona away at Sevilla

Solari enjoyed Bale's 'rage' in match-winning cameo

Messi nets 50th hat-trick as Barcelona snatch win at Sevilla

Messi twice canceled out goals by Jesus Navas and Gabriel Mercado before putting Barcelona ahead with five minutes remaining at Pizjuan Sanchez Stadium.

And to cap a fine day for the league leaders, Luis Suarez answered his own recent critics with a stoppage-time goal to make it four.

Sevilla fell to fifth, slipping out of the UEFA Champions League places behind Getafe. Therefore, they need to be in top form as these matches will go a long way to defining their season.

Barca lost 2-0 in their last visit to Sevilla, in the Copa del Rey in January, but turned the tie around with a thumping 6-1 win in the second leg.

Messi finally put Barcelona in charge when he nonchalantly chipped the ball over on-rushing goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik.

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"Not only did Messi score three great goals, it was how he scored them", said Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde.

The game had to wait until the 19th minute for its first clear-cut chance, only for a swift Sevilla break to culminate in Wissam Ben Yedder's shot taking a deflection wide after the Frenchman had evaded the challenge of Samuel Umtiti, the defender back in action after three months out with a knee injury. He has also struck six trebles for Argentina.

In its last match in La Liga, Real Madrid suffered a shocking 2-1 defeat in Madrid to Girona.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Spanish League giants Real Madrid are set to offload their star striker Gareth Bale at the end of this season. "But today we were back to being ourselves". Cristiano is a good player but based on pure natural talent, he doesn't come close to this guy.

Barca's inconsistent results have not harmed their bid to successfully defend the La Liga title and the thrilling win extended their lead at the top of the table to 10 points over nearest challengers Atletico Madrid.

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Messi leads the statistics for Europe's five major leagues, with 25 goals and 11 assists so far this season.

"All teams have decisive players but we have the best in the world".

"They made things very hard for us by taking the lead but we knew how to overcome all that", Messi added. "We don't throw any competition".

"Bale seems to be getting the blame for everything that goes wrong at Real Madrid - which is wrong".

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