“I do not remember the last time a rival audience applauded me… Betis fans always treat us very well and I’m very grateful,” Spanish publication, Tribuna quoted Lionel Messi as saying after Barcelona’s win over Real Betis on Sunday

The home fans applauded Messi after he completed his hat-trick on Sunday night. Leo 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

Luis Suarez and Loren Moron scored the other two goals of the night as Barcelona defeated Real Betis 1-4 at the Estadio Benito Villamarin. The game was captivating and was a true joy to watch as both teams preferred attacking to defending. 

Thus, Barca are 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.

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