Lionel Messi was at his brilliant best with a hat-trick as Barcelona defeated Leganes 3-1 at Camp Nou to equal the all-time LaLiga unbeaten record.
Barca have now gone 38 top-flight matches without defeat, levelling the previous best mark by Real Sociedad which has stood since 1980.
Messi made it six straight LaLiga games with a goal by netting a wonderful free-kick shortly before the half-hour mark, and then swiftly got his second of the night after being set up by Philippe Coutinho.
Nabil El Zhar got a goal back for Leganes after the break as Barca’s performance dropped off significantly, but the hosts made sure of victory when the magnificent Messi grabbed his third three minutes from time.
Barca are now 12 points clear of nearest challengers Atletico Madrid at the top of the table ahead of Diego Simeone’s side facing city rivals Real Madrid in Sunday’s derby, as title glory moves closer for the Catalans with only seven games to go.
Ernesto Valverde’s men now turn their attention to Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final tie against Roma – where they hold a 4-1 lead – as their pursuit of a treble continues, while 14th-placed Leganes are left to reflect on a 12th consecutive league away game without a victory


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