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Messi hat-trick sees off Celta as Barca overtake Real Madrid at top

A Lionel Messi masterclass which involved a hat-trick helped Barcelona defeat Celta Vigo at Camp Nou in the La Liga on Saturday.

The Argentine converted a penalty and scored two free-kicks to put the game beyond Celta.

Barca saw off their visitors 4-1 to return to the top of the league after Real Madrid occupied the spot earlier in the day following their 4-0 victory at Eibar.

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Lucas Olaza equalised for Celta in the 42nd minute after Messi’s opener spot after Junior Firpo’s cross struck defender Joseph Aidoo’s arm.

Messi put the hosts back in front four minutes later with a sublime freekick and stepping up again to score after half-time, before Sergio Busquets added a fourth.

Celta Vigo were playing their first game under new manager Óscar Garcia.

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