Lionel Messi claims Betis fans are first rivals to applaud him despite losing

Lionel Messi claims Betis fans are first rivals to applaud him despite losing

- Lionel Messi was superb for Barcelona against Real Betis on Sunday night.

- The playmaker netted a hat-trick, his fourth of the season, and was hailed by Betis fans after the game

- Barcelona are still topping the Spanish La Liga standings with 66 points

Lionel Messi has taken out time to speak on Barcelona's 4-1 win over Real Betis in a La Liga clash on Sunday night.

The playmaker netted a hat-trick, his fourth of the season and 33rd in La Liga, but his third goal was simply out of this world and will not easily fade off in memories of football followers.

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In the buildup to the goal, Messi was looking away from goal, but somehow managed to chip the ball over Pau Lopez from a tight angle for his hat-trick.

A performance that sparked chanting of his name as well as a standing ovation from Betis fans at the Benito Villamarín.

Reacting after the encounter, Messi applauded Betis fans for the show of love, stressing that it was the first time he was hailed by rivals despite losing the game.

"I don't remember being applauded by rival fans for a goal before," Messi was quoted as saying by Movistar.

Speaking further, the Argentine star could not confirm if he netted similar tip-class goal in the past, even as he turned his attention to Barcelona position on the league.

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"I don't know, I was lucky that both of them went in but above all we got the three points.

“We knew that we had a good opportunity to put a little distance between ourselves and Atlético and we couldn't fail,” Messi submitted.

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Barcelona extended their lead at the top of La Liga log on Sunday, March 17, by beating Real Betis 4-1.

Argentine football legend Lionel Messi was in the best form of his life scoring three goals for the Catalans in this encounter.

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