Lionel Mesi was applauded by Real Betis fans after his latest hat-trick in Barcelona’s 4-1 victory against Real Betis in the Spanish La Liga.
The goals make it the 33rd hat-trick he has scored in the league with an outrageous chip that beat Pau Lopez, the goals from the Argentine sends Barcelona 10 points clear off second placed Atletico Madrid.
The Barcelona captain was in superb form scoring a superb free-kick, a neat flick from a crazy Suarez pass and then a beautiful chip. Messi couldn’t remember receiving applause from opposing fans before, but he certainly welcomed the gesture.
“Great goals, but above all the important thing was to get the three points. It was a very good opportunity to increase the distance, we knew the Atletico Madrid result and we could not fail.” “It’s a very important victory today. “Goals are important as they enable us to take three, and we exploited an extremely decent chance.”
“I was simply fortunate that they went in and that we got the three. “After Atletico’s thrashing, we couldn’t waver,” he clarified in the blended zone.
“I don’t remember a night like this (being applauded by rival supporters), I’m really grateful for the way the fans responded”, Messi said.