There's Lionel Messi, and then there's the rest. The weekend's football in Europe seemed to suggest so, although one must put this helpful caveat: Juventus gave Cristiano Ronaldo the weekend off.
Here are the best numbers from the weekend:
Lionel Messi scored his 33rd La Liga hat-trick in the course of Barcelona's 4-1 win away to Real Betis, also his 45th hat-trick for Barcelona across all competitions. He also has six hat-tricks for the Argentina national team, taking his overall tally in competitive...
Watford reached their second FA Cup semifinal in four seasons as substitute Andre Gray scored three minutes after coming on to seal a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Etienne Capoue sidefooted Watford ahead in the 27th minute at a blustery Vicarage Road as the hosts had the better of the first half, but Palace responded after the break.
Michy Batshuayi punished a defensive lapse to equalise for Roy Hodgson's side just past the hour mark, and Palace looked to have the upper hand moving into...