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ESPN – Barcelona and Messi flying as Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo slump

FC Barcelona outclassed Rayo Vallecano with a 6-1 thumping thanks to a hat trick from Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez's impeccable brace. Barcelona's talisman Lionel Messi has tied Cristiano Ronaldo in most scored goals in La Liga after completing a hat trick against Rayo Vallecano. ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti examines the pressure that Real Madrid's Carlo Ancelotti is facing after conceding the top spot to Barcelona in La Liga. Five things after the latest topsy-turvy weekend's action in La Liga. 1. It's all coming up Barca (and Messi) Helped by Rayo Vallecano's usual self-destructive defending at the Camp Nou, Barcelona led their visitors inside six minutes on Sunday afternoon. Their eventual 6-1 win brought Barca back to the top of the table for the first time since October. Who will win La Liga in 2014-15? Barcelona Real Madrid Atletico Madrid Valencia Someone else 77% Barcelona 19% Real Madrid 2% Atletico Madrid 1% Valencia 1% Someone else $('.article-module.poll[data-poll-id=”4738722″]').each(function(i) { var pollId = $(this).data('poll-id'); FC.Poll.polls[pollId] = new FC.Poll().init($(this), pollId); }); Lionel Messi had one of his quieter games of the season, but still managed a 12-minute hat trick in the second half. Luis Suarez's clinically taken…

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