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Messi answered his critics with a hat-trick in the first half hour of the match against Mallorca this Saturday to take his tally to 19 for the season. Some reports had suggested that he was not at his best after going three games without a goal, but the twelfth hat-trick of his career took him past Kubala as Barcelona's second highest all-time goalscorer. Only César to go! It was his 199th goal of his career as well, and it is now touch and go whether he reaches his 200 before Cristiano Ronaldo makes it 100 for Real Madrid (he currently has 99). Ronaldo didn't score this weekend, but his colleague Higuaín did to take Mourinho's side to the top of the table, thanks in part to the defeat of erstwhile leaders Levante at Osasuna. Elsewhere Adrián gave a helping hand to his under-pressure coach Manzano with a double in Atlético's 3-1 win over Zaragoza, and Manu del Moral got his fourth of the season in the first minute of Monday night's derby match against Granada, albeit that it didn't prevent his side falling to their first league defeat of the season. (01.11.11)

Pichichi League Cup Europe Total (Penalties)
Messi (Barcelona) 13 3 3 19 (1)
Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 10 1 1 12 (3)
Higuaín (Real Madrid) 10 0 0 10 (0)
Falcao (Atlético) 6 0 1 7 (2)
Soldado (Valencia) 6 0 1 7 (1)
Llorente (Athletic Bilbao) 5 0 2 7 (2)
Benzema (Real Madrid) 4 1 2 7 (0)
Villa (Barcelona) 3 1 3 7 (0)
Adrián (Atlético) 3 0 3 6 (0)
Juanlu (Levante) 5 0 0 5 (0)
Fàbregas (Barcelona) 4 1 0 5 (0)
Rossi (Villarreal) 3 0 2 5 (2)
Xavi (Barcelona) 4 0 0 4 (0)
Miku (Getafe) 4 0 0 4 (0)
Cazorla (Málaga) 4 0 0 4 (0)
Hemed (Mallorca) 4 0 0 4 (4)
Raúl García (Osasuna) 4 0 0 4 (0)
Manu (Sevilla) 4 0 0 4 (0)
Agirretxe (Real Sociedad) 4 0 0 4 (0)
Kaká (Real Madrid) 3 0 1 4 (0)