Real Betis fans applauded Messi after he completed his hat-trick on Sunday night. Messi opened the score in the first half via a perfect free-kick, doubled Barca’s lead after combining with Luis Suarez on the stroke of half-time and produced a jaw-dropping lob that bounced off the crossbar and went in at the end of the match.
Barca won the game 1-4 with Suarez scoring the third goal of the game and are now ten points clear at the top of La Liga table after Atletico Madrid’s loss to Athletic Bilbao on Saturday. The next league game will be played after the international break, on March 30. Barcelona will host the neighbours Espanyol in the Catalan Derbi at the Camp Nou.