Messi hits four as Barca extends the lead

Lionel Messi put on a sensational show at Camp Nou to extend Barcelona`s La Liga lead when he scored four goals against Eibar last night.

The Argentine now leads the goal scroring chart with nine goals.

Messi scored his first goal through penalty which he converted in the 21st minute.His second was a remarkably accurate finish in the far post just before the hour mark, while Paulinho played him in to stab home his hat-trick just three minutes later.

Barcelona`s rout was completed when Messi played a one-two with Aleix Vidal and tucked home in the 87th minute past the goalkeeper. Denis Suarez scored the other goal and set up Paulinho with a corner for Barcelona`s second of the night.

Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo is set to return for Real Madrid today against Real Betis after his five-match domestic suspension. Madrid are seven points behind Barca having played one less game.