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mo4ch:>'Messi! Messi!': Rival fans chant Barca great's name after latest physics-defying display (VIDEOS) | Mo4ch News

Lionel Messi is probably used to plaudits from his own fans for his on-field exploits, but on Sunday praise for the Barcelona maestro reached new levels as he was applauded by opposition fans upon completing a stunning hat-trick.

Real Betis gave the Argentine a standing ovation as his 51st hat-trick for the Catalan club helped Barca to a 4-1 victory in Seville and cement the league leader's position at the top of La Liga by 10 points.

Supporters chanted "Messi! Messi!" at Benito VillamarĂ­n Stadium, after the 31-year-old chipped in a sublime chip to top off a brilliant hat-trick that also saw him guide home a free kick with ease into the top corner on 18 minutes after Arthur Melo was adjudged to have been fouled on the edge of the area.

Messi curled the ball into the top corner to net his fifth direct free-kick goal of the season to open the scoring, despite a four man wall and a fifth player lying down behind it in case Messi decided to roll the ball in.

The second came in first half stoppage time from an assist from Luis Suarez to send Barca into the break two up. After the hour mark, Suarez turned scorer, before Messi's physics-defying chip from just outside the edge of the area curled over the keeper and clip in off the bar. Loren MorĂ³n scored a single consolation goal for the hosts.

The hat-trick saw Messi score his 27th, 28th and 29th goals for Barca this season to take his haul of combined assists and goals to a stunning 60 in total. The Spanish league leaders took full advantage of closest challengers Atletico Madrid slipping up 2-0 to Athletic Bilbao.

The Barcelona captain takes his side to play Manchester United in the quarterfinals of the Champions League in April, with many quick to poke fun at United's at-times leaky defense being frozen in fear of facing perhaps one of the greatest players to play the game.


Source : RT - Daily news

'Messi! Messi!': Rival fans chant Barca great's name after latest physics-defying display (VIDEOS)

'Messi! Messi!': Rival fans chant Barca great's name after latest physics-defying display (VIDEOS)