Messi and Ronaldo are hat-trick stars
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo both struck their second Primera Division hat-tricks of the season as Barcelona and Real Madrid got back to winning ways with home wins over Atletico Madrid and Rayo Vallecano, respectively.
Ronaldo helped 10-man Real Madrid end a disappointing week with a 6-2 derby triumph over Rayo Vallecano, while Messi’s treble led Barca, having drawn 2-2 at Valencia in midweek, to a 5-0 mauling of Atletico Madrid.
Jose Mourinho’s Madrid had dropped five points at Levante and Racing Santander, and they looked in more trouble as they fell behind after just 14 seconds. Three goals in 13 minutes either side of half-time from Ronaldo (two) and Gonzalo Higuain put them back on track.