The win at El Riazor means that Barcelona are three points ahead of Atletico Madrid, who play Real Sociedad on Sunday.
Messi’s hat trick moves him to within four goals of Pele’s record for goals in a calendar year.
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The reputation of the Premier League means it is the most popular and one of the most watched leagues in the world.
Five English clubs will compete in the last sixteen of the Champions League for the first time ever as Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham face some difficult away matches.