La Liga

FC Player of the Day, 7 Dec: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

The Argentine celebrated his Ballon d'Or win with a hat-trick.

 
9:00am on Sunday 8th December 2019
By
Martin Macdonald
Lionel Messi
W (R), F (C) - Barcelona - 32 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
10
Dec 7, 2019
90Minutes played
3Goals
7Total shots
8Crosses
55Final third passes
14Touches in box
8Duels won
106Touches

Lionel Messi already has his sights set on the 2020 Ballon d'Or, it would seem. After officially being crowned the world's best player during the week, he went on to score three goals versus Mallorca in a 5-2 Barca victory over Mallorca.

Every goal was of the highest quality, with the first being a signature, whipped strike into the top corner with his wand of a left foot. The second was very similar, only this time the bottom corner was the reached target.

For his hat-trick, he was the beneficiary of some excellent work by Luis Suarez to receive the ball for a first-time finish lashed into the top right corner from inside the box.

He sent more passes into the final third than any other player in La Liga on Saturday, and had the most touches out of anyone apart from team-mate Sergi Roberto.

32 yrs - F (RC) - Barcelona
99
Defending
Creative
Passing
Attacking
Shooting
Decisive
Aerials
Physical
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810
Played matches
10
12
5
Shots P90
4.33
Shots On target P90
2.67
Successful passing %
81%
Final third passes P90
36.78

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