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Messi: My retirement is approaching, time flies

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Messi bags hat trick, earns perfect 10 in masterclass vs. Mallorca

The FC guys dismantle Shaka Hislop's Power Rankings, where the surprise club remains at the top.
Ale Moreno feels competing with Cristiano Ronaldo for the Ballon d'Or is the ultimate fuel for Lionel Messi.
Julien Laurens says Lionel Messi separated himself from other Ballon d'Or finalists by carrying Barcelona.

BARCELONA -- Lionel Messi scored his 35th La Liga hat trick as Barcelona blew Mallorca away with a blistering first 45 minutes at Camp Nou on Saturday on their way to a 5-2 win.

Antoine Griezmann opened the scoring with a chipped finish after latching on to a pass from goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Messi added the second with a curling effort from 25 yards.

Mallorca pulled one back through Ante Budimir but Barca added two more before half-time. Messi scored the third from the edge of the...

Messi scores hat trick as Barca rout Mallorca to reclaim top spot in La Liga

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Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring in Barcelona's La Liga win over Mallorca.
Lionel Messi struck three times in Barcelona's win over Mallorca.

BARCELONA, Spain -- Lionel Messi scored a hat trick as Barcelona moved back top of La Liga with an emphatic 5-2 victory over Real Mallorca on Saturday.

Real Madrid had climbed three points clear after beating Espanyol earlier in the day, but Ernesto Valverde's side were at their vibrant best as they dispatched visitors Mallorca at the Camp Nou.

Antoine Griezmann dinked home the opening goal after being played through by Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, six-times Ballon d'Or winner...

Messi retirement date not far away, says Valverde

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde said the football world must get used to the idea that Lionel Messi will retire in the near future, adding that he will cherish being able to tell people he was able to coach the Argentine.

Messi, ranked the No. 1 forward in the ESPN FC 100, was crowned world player of the year for a record sixth time when he received the Ballon d'Or in Paris on Monday and set alarm bells ringing by saying in his speech "you enjoy these moments more because my retirement is getting...

Barcelona have to prepare for life after Messi. Fati just might be the answer

It's been said that sportsmen die twice, the first time when they retire. And when that sportsman is Lionel Messi, everyone else dies, too.

This might sound like a wild exaggeration, and of course it is... or is it? This week, at least, it didn't feel so far off. When Messi collected the Ballon d'Or on Monday night, voted the world's best player for the sixth time a full 10 extraordinary years after the first, he said something with a power that belied its banality, a simple truth. That day...