Lionel Messi: Argentine star records 4th hat-trick assists in Real Betis victory

Lionel Messi: Argentine star records 4th hat-trick assists in Real Betis victory

- Lionel Messi provided all three assists for Barcelona's 3-2 win over Real Betis

- A goal each from De Jong, Busquets and Lenglet swallowed Nabil Fekir's brace earlier in the game

- The Argentine has now recorded four hat-trick of assists in his professional career

Lionel Messi's brilliance helped Barcelona outshine stubborn Real Betis in their Spanish League clash over the weekend.

The Argentine provided a hat-trick of assists for Frenkie De Jong, Sergio Busquets, and Clement Lenglet in their 3-2 victory over Betis at the Benito Villamarin on Sunday night.

Although the hosts tried subduing the Catalans twice with Nabil Fekir scoring twice, his goals were not just enough to help his side salvage at least a point from the fixture.

The victory saw Quique Setien claim maximum points over his former side in his first return to the club since he was named the new Barca coach last month.

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Meanwhile, Messi's hat-trick against Betis was his fourth in his career - having provided same against Levante in the Copa Del Rey in 2014. Christian Tello also scored three goals in the meeting.

Juanfran scored an own goal to progress through to the semifinals 9-2 on aggregate after the two-legged encounters back then.

The 32-year-old's second-ever hat-trick came when Argentina defeated Paraguay in the Copa America semifinal in 2015.

Messi continued his impressive form one year after assisting three of his side's goals against Getafe in a league game in 2016 at the Camp Nou. Neymar scored a brace in the encounter.

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Lastly, the five-time Ballon d'Or had a hand in all three goals Barcelona put past Betis in their La Liga clash over the weekend as they reduce Real Madrid's lead to three points on the log.

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The Argentine star has scored 14 goals and 11 assists in 18 Spanish League appearances so far this campaign.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Barcelona came from one goal down to beat Real Betis 3-2 in a high-tempo Spanish League clash at the Benito Villamarin Arena.

It was the first time Quique Setien would return to his former club since he was named the Catalan boss last month.

This victory also helped the Camp Nou outfit reduce Real Madrid's lead to three points on the La Liga table after matchday 23.

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