Lionel Messi sets records as Barcelona takes Real Madrid's La Liga lead

    Story highlights

    • Barcelona reclaims Spanish league lead with 6-1 win at home to Rayo Vallecano
    • Lionel Messi sets record for hat-tricks by a Spanish club player
    • His treble moves him level with Cristiano Ronaldo as La Liga's top scorer
    • Luis Suarez scores twice, with Gerard Pique adding Barca's other goal

    (CNN)Real Madrid's star-studded attacking force might be struggling to fire, but Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has no such problems with his wealth of talent up front.

    Sunday's 6-1 demolition of Rayo Vallecano put the Catalan side one point above Real at the top of Spain's La Liga, with Lionel Messi setting more records as he netted a hat-trick while fellow forward Luis Suarez also scored twice.
      Even without suspended Brazil star Neymar -- the third prong of Barca's striking line -- Enrique was able to happily reflect on a result that fully rubbed salt in Madrid wounds following Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Athletic Bilbao.
      "We're elated, but the objective is to be leading at the end of the season. I already said that everybody could lose a game, so we have to keep playing well and win every match," he said.
      "It's heavy having to win every single match. Each game is more important than the last."
      By contrast, Real coach Carlo Ancelotti is feeling the strain after also dropping points last weekend against Villarreal.
      "There is no link-up play, our play is too based around individual play, we need another way of attacking, with faster play and fewer touches," said the Italian, who must rouse his troops for Tuesday's European Champions League last-16, second-leg tie at home to Schalke.
      "It is quite confusing to see what we're doing at the moment in attack. The ball doesn't move around quickly."