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Hat-trick was a good way to celebrate Ballon d Or: Ernesto Valverde hails Messi

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde hailed striker Lionel Messi, saying that scoring a hat-trick was the perfect way to celebrate the Ballon d Or award.His remarks came after Barcelona s 5-2 win over RCD Mallorca. Messi scored thrice and as a result, he went past Cristiano Ronaldo to record the most number of hat-tricks in La Liga.Messi now has 35 hat-tricks in the tournament, while Ronaldo had 34. He registered the goals in the 17th, 41st and 83rd minute of the match.The 32-year-old Messi had received his sixth Ballon d Or on Monday and as a result, he surpassed Ronaldo to win the award maximum number of times. Unbelievable, it was a good way to celebrate the Ballon d Or, quoted Valverde as saying.The Argentine striker also became the only player to score ten or more goals in each of the past 14 seasons in Europe s top-five leagues.Messi s highest-scoring league season for Barcelona came in 2011-12 when he registered 50 goals in 37 games.So far, the Argentine striker has ...

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