Football: Lionel Messi hits Spanish record 32nd hat-trick for Barcelona

BARCELONA (REUTERS) - Lionel Messi hit his 32nd hat-trick for Primera Liga giants Barcelona against Rayo Vallecano on Sunday to set a new Spanish record.

The Argentine struck a penalty after 56 minutes followed by further goals after 63 and 68 minutes to go one ahead of former Athletic Bilbao great Telmo Zarra.

Cristiano Ronaldo has notched up 27 for Real Madrid.