New La Liga record: Messi grabs his 32nd hat-trick

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Lionel Messi reached another historic milestone for Barcelona, achieving his 32nd La Liga hat-trick to surpass the record of legendary Telmo Zarra.

Barcelona thrashed Rayo Vallecano, who fell apart against the Catalan side at the Camp Nou, but no wonder when they were facing a Lionel Messi in such stellar form.

The Argentine forward scored his 28th, 29th and 30th La Liga goals of the season in the second half against Rayo, putting him level with Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo and also reaching another record in his lengthy list of milestones.

Heading into Sunday's mid-day encounter, Lionel Messi was level in the all-time La Liga rankings with a legend of the 1940s and 1950s, Telmo Zarra, who fired in 31 hat-tricks during his illustrious career with Athletic Club Bilbao.

Having smashed in his 32nd career hat-trick in La Liga, Messi now claims that remarkable record all for his own.

As the records keep tumbling before the feet of the Argentine star, it's hard to imagine anyone ever being able to match his amazing talents, or his records in the future.

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