So Lionel Messi is the record goal scorer for Barcelona after bagging a hat-trick against Granada this week, which takes his season tally to bloody loads.
Actually, his tally for the season is 54 in all competitions for the Catalan club, which is astonishing to say the least.
One of the best things about him is that he loves multiple goal tallies and is never happy with only having one next to his name on the score sheet, as he did this week to become Barca’s all-time leading goal man.
Messi must have a number of commemorative balls adorning his living room, maybe above his mantelpiece, maybe in a tasteful glass fronted cabinet. Who knows? What we do know is that he is very good and has a number of hat-tricks.
He is not the only one, however, as hat-trick scoring seems to be in vogue for some of Europe’s hottest shots and a race for ‘Hat Trick Hero 2011/12’ (copyright GMF 2012) is truly on.
Unsurprisingly the diminutive Argentinean leads the way for going one better than a brace and will take some catching.
Want to know how many and who is closest to him? Well, read on…
Lionel Messi, Barcelona
As we have just been discussing, the mini-magician has been chipping, lobbing and rounding his way to a probable end of season total in the region of gazillion goals. In this time he has managed to bag EIGHT hat-tricks!
That’s correct, and he only seems to be warming up for an end of season flurry of net busting goal gluttony. If he gets to double figures in hat-tricks it will be quite an achievement, though seems entirely possible.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid
Following closely behind is obviously Messi’s stiff-necked nemesis CR7, with socks pulled up accordingly. The Portuguese flyer is breathing down the Barca man’s neck, which is actually quite difficult considering the height difference, by bagging 43 strikes so far.
The margin between them in hat-tricks is of a similar proportion as Real’s goal-hunk has racked up SIX of them so far this season for Los Merengues. We are sure there will be more, supplemented with scorching free-kicks taken from an odd standing position.
Mario Gomez, Bayern Munich
Bayern’s hulking Sturmer is having quite a season in Bavaria and has already bundled in 35 goals so far this term. Gomez has suffered slightly from being absolutely terrible at recent international tournaments and his reputation wasn’t the best.
Not anymore though, as his goal-rich exploits have been winning him a number of accolades over the past couple of seasons. This year though he has walloped in FIVE hat-tricks and, considering his level of movement, they have all probably come within the 18-yard box.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Schalke
The toothy Dutchman is another whose reputation took a bit of a beating, but you can’t really hold it against him as his only disappointing seasons were staged in Milan and the asylum that is Real Madrid.
He must get some credit for even coming out of the Marca merry-go-round without being permanently scarred. If he was in any way, then he is covering up for it well as his 38 goals so far this season have contained FIVE hat-tricks. It looks like Germany is staging its own hat-trick race and it going quite a bit further when you consider the defence-light nature of the Bundesliga.
John Guidetti, Feyenoord
There are one or two others who are on THREE at-tricks as the man on loan from Manchester City, but we felt the young Swede deserves a mention due to the fact that his came in the space of just four games.
It means his ration for the Dutch side is now 18 goals in 19 appearances. It makes you wonder why Roberto Mancini has not though to call on him to utilise his particular brand of penalty box bustle in the Citizens title tilt.
Right, we have five contenders for ‘GMF’s Hat-Trick Hero 2011/12’, which is not an actual prize and we definitely won’t be handing out a trophy. Although it will be fun to keep track of the race for the imaginary accolade.
After all this talk GMF feels it necessary to leave you with this little nugget: Mario Gomez now has 11 Bundesliga hat-tricks, but he is trailing the record holder somewhat – that is Gerd Muller, with 32. Yes, 32.
Who do you think will win the race? Let us know by leaving a comment below….