• Messi scores three, before a Deportivo own goal
  • Barcelona second, one point behind Real Madrid
  • Away side have 68% of possession
  • Messi has scored 19 La Liga goals this season

Lionel Messi scored the 30th hat-trick of his Barcelona career as his side beat Deportivo La Coruna to move one point behind leaders Real Madrid.

The Argentina forward, who missed out on winning the Ballon d'Or to Real's Cristiano Ronaldo on Monday, opened the scoring with a looping header.

He netted again when he collected Neymar's pass and dinked the ball over home goalkeeper Fabricio Agosto.

Messi grabbed his third with a low shot, before an own goal from Sidnei.

Ex-Barcelona winger Isaac Cuenca had a chance for Deportivo but shot over when the score was 2-0, although the hosts were comprehensively outclassed.

It was a dominant performance from Luis Enrique's Barca, who had 68% possession and 14 attempts at goal with the only surprise being that they scored only four.

The future of Messi, La Liga's all-time record goalscorer, has been questioned recently after he said "I don't know where I'll be next year", although Enrique then insisted he would not sell the 27-year-old.

Messi has now scored six of his side's last eight league goals and Barcelona's victory was their 14th in 19 league matches this season.

Another Messi v Ronaldo contest

Lionel Messi's hat-trick was his 22nd in La Liga, the same number as Alfredo Di Stefano and Telmo Zarra. Real's Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 23 La Liga hat-tricks.

He could have opened the scoring early on, but his low effort from 12 yards was scooped on to the crossbar by Agosto.

Nevertheless, Messi got his first a minute later, heading in Ivan Rakitic's fine cross, before it became 2-0 when Messi showed great control and composure to lift the ball over the advancing Agosto.

The striker secured his 22nd La Liga treble - and his 30th in all competitions - when Deportivo lost concentration, enabling Rakitic to take a short corner to Messi, who sprinted into the penalty area, cut inside on to his left foot and arrowed a shot into the bottom corner.

It had been a miserable day for the hosts and it got worse when Alberto Lopo's clearance bounced off helpless team-mate Sidnei and into his own net for Barcelona's fourth.

Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar

Barcelona have lost only once in their last nine La Liga matches

Deportivo La Coruna

Deportivo La Coruna have won only two of their last 13 matches in all competitions

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi came second in the Ballon d'Or to decide the world footballer of the year on Monday

Barcelona

Luis Suarez's Barcelona side are second in La Liga and aiming to win the title for the first time since 2013

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Deportivo de La Coruña

  • 13 Agosto Ramírez
  • 11 Juanfran
  • 23 Lopo
  • 12 da Silva Junior
  • 16 Correia Pinto
  • 04 Bergantiños García
  • 08 Medunjanin (Pérez Martínez - 79' )
  • 14 Cuenca López
  • 10 Domínguez Lamas
  • 19 Cavaleiro (José Rodríguez - 45' )
  • 21 Riera Magem Booked (Verdú Nicolás - 63' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 01 Lux
  • 05 Insúa
  • 06 José Rodríguez
  • 07 Pérez Martínez
  • 15 Sanabria Ruiz
  • 18 Verdú Nicolás
  • 20 Wilk

Barcelona

  • 13 Bravo
  • 22 Dani Alves Booked
  • 03 Piqué
  • 14 Mascherano
  • 18 Alba
  • 04 Rakitic
  • 05 Busquets (Bartra - 66' Booked )
  • 08 Iniesta (Alcántara do Nascimento - 66' )
  • 10 Messi
  • 09 Suárez
  • 11 Neymar (Pedro - 70' )

Substitutes

  • 01 ter Stegen
  • 02 Montoya
  • 07 Pedro
  • 12 Alcántara do Nascimento
  • 15 Bartra
  • 20 Sergi
  • 21 Adriano
Ref: Juan Martínez Munuera
Att: 25,173

Match Stats

Possession

32 68

Shots

7 14

On target

2 6

Corners

2 4

Fouls

14 7

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Deportivo de La Coruña 0, Barcelona 4.

90:00 +2:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Deportivo de La Coruña 0, Barcelona 4.

90:00 +1:48

Attempt missed. Toché (Deportivo de La Coruña) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Juan Domínguez.

90:00 +0:58

Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +0:58

Foul by José Rodríguez (Deportivo de La Coruña).

89:22

Attempt saved. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

87:09

Offside, Deportivo de La Coruña. Isaac Cuenca tries a through ball, but Toché is caught offside.

85:25

Corner, Deportivo de La Coruña. Conceded by Marc Bartra.

83:49

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

83:49

Foul by Luisinho (Deportivo de La Coruña).

82:03 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Sidnei, Deportivo de La Coruña. Deportivo de La Coruña 0, Barcelona 4.

79:06

Offside, Deportivo de La Coruña. José Rodríguez tries a through ball, but Lucas Pérez is caught offside.

78:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Deportivo de La Coruña. Lucas Pérez replaces Haris Medunjanin.

77:32 Booking

Booking Dani Alves (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

77:26

Hand ball by Dani Alves (Barcelona).

76:35

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Luisinho.

76:34

Attempt blocked. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luis Suárez with a cross.

73:49

Attempt missed. Haris Medunjanin (Deportivo de La Coruña) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by José Rodríguez.

72:07

Offside, Barcelona. Luis Suárez tries a through ball, but Pedro is caught offside.

70:42

Attempt missed. Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

69:47

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

69:47

Foul by Álex Bergantiños (Deportivo de La Coruña).

69:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barcelona. Pedro replaces Neymar.

67:40 Booking

Booking Marc Bartra (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

67:28

Foul by Marc Bartra (Barcelona).

67:28

Juan Domínguez (Deportivo de La Coruña) wins a free kick on the right wing.

66:02

Javier Mascherano (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:02

Dangerous play by Haris Medunjanin (Deportivo de La Coruña).

65:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barcelona. Rafinha replaces Andrés Iniesta.

65:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barcelona. Marc Bartra replaces Sergio Busquets.

64:48

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

63:59 Booking

Booking Toché (Deportivo de La Coruña) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

63:48

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

63:48

Foul by Toché (Deportivo de La Coruña).

62:55

Attempt missed. Neymar (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

62:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Deportivo de La Coruña. Toché replaces Oriol Riera.

61:18 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Deportivo de La Coruña 0, Barcelona 3. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ivan Rakitic following a corner.

60:58

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Luisinho.

59:18

Offside, Barcelona. Javier Mascherano tries a through ball, but Neymar is caught offside.

59:00 Booking

Booking Oriol Riera (Deportivo de La Coruña) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

58:43

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

58:43

Foul by Oriol Riera (Deportivo de La Coruña).

57:36

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

57:36

Foul by Luisinho (Deportivo de La Coruña).

57:06

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

57:06

Foul by Álex Bergantiños (Deportivo de La Coruña).

56:58

Attempt saved. Juan Domínguez (Deportivo de La Coruña) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

55:50

Attempt saved. Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Dani Alves.

54:48

Neymar (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

54:48

Foul by Juanfran (Deportivo de La Coruña).

52:53

Foul by Sergio Busquets (Barcelona).

52:53

Isaac Cuenca (Deportivo de La Coruña) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52:20

Offside, Barcelona. Neymar tries a through ball, but Luis Suárez is caught offside.

50:04

Attempt missed. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

48:48

Attempt blocked. Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

47:58

Corner, Deportivo de La Coruña. Conceded by Javier Mascherano.

47:26

Attempt blocked. José Rodríguez (Deportivo de La Coruña) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Isaac Cuenca.

45:00

Second Half begins Deportivo de La Coruña 0, Barcelona 2.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Deportivo de La Coruña. José Rodríguez replaces Ivan Cavaleiro.

45:00 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Deportivo de La Coruña 0, Barcelona 2.

40:40

Foul by Dani Alves (Barcelona).

40:40

Luisinho (Deportivo de La Coruña) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:08

Foul by Dani Alves (Barcelona).

37:08

Oriol Riera (Deportivo de La Coruña) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36:01

Offside, Barcelona. Lionel Messi tries a through ball, but Luis Suárez is caught offside.

34:49

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Sergio Busquets.

33:31

Attempt missed. Isaac Cuenca (Deportivo de La Coruña) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Juanfran with a cross.

32:15 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Deportivo de La Coruña 0, Barcelona 2. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

31:58

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

31:58

Foul by Álex Bergantiños (Deportivo de La Coruña).

26:54

Foul by Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona).

26:54

Isaac Cuenca (Deportivo de La Coruña) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:25

Attempt missed. Ivan Cavaleiro (Deportivo de La Coruña) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Oriol Riera with a headed pass.

21:26

Attempt missed. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Andrés Iniesta with a through ball.

19:29

Hand ball by Oriol Riera (Deportivo de La Coruña).

17:27

Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

17:27

Foul by Juanfran (Deportivo de La Coruña).

15:18

Foul by Lionel Messi (Barcelona).

15:18

Luisinho (Deportivo de La Coruña) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:02

Attempt saved. Juanfran (Deportivo de La Coruña) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

9:58 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Deportivo de La Coruña 0, Barcelona 1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Ivan Rakitic with a through ball.

9:09

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Fabricio.

9:08

Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ivan Rakitic with a cross.

8:43

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Juanfran.

8:20

Hand ball by Luisinho (Deportivo de La Coruña).

5:04

Javier Mascherano (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

5:04

Foul by Oriol Riera (Deportivo de La Coruña).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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