Match ends, Deportivo de La Coruña 0, Barcelona 4.
- 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.
Dep La Coruña
- 11Moreno Fuertes
- 12da Silva Junior
- 16Correia Pinto
- 4Bergantiños García
- 8MedunjaninSubstituted forPérezat 79'minutes
- 14Cuenca López
- 10Domínguez Lamas
- 19CavaleiroSubstituted forRodriguez Martinezat 45'minutes
- 21Riera MagemBooked at 59minsSubstituted forVerdú Nicolásat 63'minutesBooked at 64mins
- 6Rodriguez Martinez
- 15Sanabria Ruiz
- 18Verdú Nicolás
- 22Alves da SilvaBooked at 78mins
- 5BusquetsSubstituted forBartraat 66'minutesBooked at 68mins
- 8IniestaSubstituted forRafinhaat 66'minutes
- 11NeymarSubstituted forPedroat 70'minutes
- 1ter Stegen
- 20Roberto Carnicer
- Juan Martínez Munuera
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Deportivo de La Coruña 0, Barcelona 4.
Attempt missed. Toché (Deportivo de La Coruña) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Juan Domínguez.
Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by José Rodríguez (Deportivo de La Coruña).
Attempt saved. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Offside, Deportivo de La Coruña. Isaac Cuenca tries a through ball, but Toché is caught offside.
Corner, Deportivo de La Coruña. Conceded by Marc Bartra.
Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Luisinho (Deportivo de La Coruña).
Own Goal by Sidnei, Deportivo de La Coruña. Deportivo de La Coruña 0, Barcelona 4.
Offside, Deportivo de La Coruña. José Rodríguez tries a through ball, but Lucas Pérez is caught offside.
Substitution, Deportivo de La Coruña. Lucas Pérez replaces Haris Medunjanin.
Dani Alves (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.
Hand ball by Dani Alves (Barcelona).
Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Luisinho.
Attempt blocked. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luis Suárez with a cross.
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.
Offside, Barcelona. Luis Suárez tries a through ball, but Pedro is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.