- Barcelona defeated Espanyol 5-0 in La Liga matchday three encounter
- Messi scored his 38th hat-trick in the colours of Barcelona
- Barcelona now top La Liga with nine points from three matches
Spanish giants Barcelona have crushed La Liga side Espanyol 5-0 in the Spanish league taking them to the zenith of the league with nine points from three games.
Messi opened the scoring in the 26th minute when he fantastically beat a man in the area before crashing a finish into the top corner.
The Argentine wizard scored his second nine minutes later as he slid in Jordi Alba's low centre.
The former world best player got his 38th hat-trick in colors of Barcelona as he scored again in the 67th minutes of the game.
Gerald Pique and Luis Suarez got their names on the score-sheet in the 87th and 90th minutes respectively making it 5-0.
Messi is now the all-time top scorer in the Catalonian derby with 17 goals.
Barca is now four points clear of Real Madrid - after Zinedine Zidane's side drew with Levante earlier.
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