Messi Hits Historic Hat-Trick as Barcelona Rout Betis 4-1

I don’t know if Pele had the continuity of Messi Twitter doffs hat to Barca star’s hat-trick

Result: Lionel Messi hits stunning hat-trick to send Barcelona 10 points clear

On the day Messi drew level with Andres Iniesta on 674 appearances for Barca, the captain moved ahead of Xavi to set a new club record for featuring in wins - this victory becoming his 477th.

In this matchup I'm not giving a lot of chances to Betis because their defense is shaky and offensively, they can't produce enough to top Messi, Suarez and Coutinho so I'm going to side with Barcelona.

Lionel Messi sprinkled his genius thick and heavy over the Benito Villamarin's pitch on Sunday, but his final contribution was transcendent.

There were worries for Barca at the end of the game, however. Messi said he had never received such a tribute from opposing fans.

Fans did tweet about this incredible finesse from Lionel Messi. Earlier this week, Barcelona demolished Lyon in Champions League 5-1 with 55% ball possession, 10 shots on goal and excellent defense allowing only 2 shot on goal.

Suarez may not have been able to make the most of Messi's pass on that occasion, but the roles were reversed in the final action of the first half as Barcelona doubled their lead through Messi's second.

Suarez, clearly in pain, had to receive treatment on the sidelines and Barca later confirmed he had sprained his ankle and would undergo tests on Monday to determine how long he would be out.

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Barcelona is playing in fantastic form right now and once again have a chance to win triple crown this season, LaLiga, Copa del Rey and Champions League. "Worse things have happened".

Messi now has 29 league goals this season, 39 in all competitions, and together with Suarez's 18 their joint-total of 47 is more than all but two of the other teams in the division. We're fortunate to be living at a time when he's playing football.

Messi's first goal was the product of a foul by Andres Guardado on Arthur that gifted Argentina forward a free kick ideal for his preferred left foot _ just slightly outside the semi-circle atop the area.

Suarez appeared to hurt his lower right leg late in the match.

Betis pulled a goal back in the 82nd minute.

Valverde said that Suarez had a "sprain" with more tests to determine the extent of the injury, with the striker scheduled to play for Uruguay during the global break.

"(Real) Betis are a side that treat the ball well.

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