Barcelona 5-2 Mallorca: Lionel Messi hat-trick sends Barcelona top

Lionel Messi celebrated winning his sixth Ballon d’Or with a hat-trick as Barcelona beat Mallorca to move top of La Liga.

He scored two excellent finishes from outside the box before smashing in a third off the underside of the crossbar.

Antoine Griezmann had opened the scoring for Barca, with Luis Suarez netting an outrageous backheel.

Ante Budimir scored twice for struggling Mallorca.

Messi showed off his Ballon d’Or trophy – awarded to the best player in the world – to the Nou Camp crowd before kick-off, with his family on the pitch alongside him.

And he finished the match with his 35th La Liga hat-trick, breaking the record of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Barcelona were excellent at times, particularly in the first half, with some fantastic passing movement.

However their first goal came when Griezmann chased onto Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s long goal-kick before clipping the ball over the goalkeeper.

The France international then set up Messi’s first, a fine curling effort from 25 yards. Budimir scored a deflected strike for Mallorca, before Messi scored a similar goal to his first, this time from an Ivan Rakitic pass.

Suarez scored the best goal of the game, however. An excellent passing move ended with Frenkie de Jong finding Suarez, who backheeled the ball into the ground and over goalkeeper Manolo Reina.

Budimir headed in his second for Mallorca before Messi smashed in his third from Suarez’s lay-off. He is now La Liga’s top scorer with 12 goals – from only 10 games.

Barcelona go back to the top, above Real Madrid – who beat Espanyol 2-0 earlier on Saturday. The title rivals meet in El Clasico in 11 days’ time.

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Match ends, Barcelona 5, Mallorca 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Barcelona 5, Mallorca 2.

Attempt saved. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

Attempt blocked. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sergio Busquets.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Martin Valjent.

Attempt missed. Arturo Vidal (Barcelona) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Aleix Febas.

Attempt saved. Carles Pérez (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Carles Aleñá (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

Júnior Firpo (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Fran Gámez (Mallorca).

Foul by Arturo Vidal (Barcelona).

Joan Sastre (Mallorca) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Carles Pérez replaces Antoine Griezmann.

Substitution

Substitution, Mallorca. Abdón Prats replaces Ante Budimir.

Goal!

Goal! Barcelona 5, Mallorca 2. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

Foul by Carles Aleñá (Barcelona).

Joan Sastre (Mallorca) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Carles Aleñá (Barcelona).

Juan Hernández (Mallorca) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Arturo Vidal (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt saved. Sergi Roberto (Barcelona) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

Attempt saved. Juan Hernández (Mallorca) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Attempt blocked. Takefusa Kubo (Mallorca) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dani Rodríguez.

Attempt saved. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Arturo Vidal.

Attempt blocked. Juan Hernández (Mallorca) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joan Sastre.

Foul by Júnior Firpo (Barcelona).

Fran Gámez (Mallorca) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Carles Aleñá replaces Ivan Rakitic.

Attempt missed. Dani Rodríguez (Mallorca) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Mallorca. Josep Señé replaces Iddrisu Baba.

Corner, Mallorca. Conceded by Sergio Busquets.

Sergi Roberto (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joan Sastre (Mallorca).

Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ante Budimir (Mallorca).

Booking

Gerard Piqué (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Gerard Piqué (Barcelona).

Juan Hernández (Mallorca) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Barcelona 4, Mallorca 2. Ante Budimir (Mallorca) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Fran Gámez with a cross.

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