Messi hat-trick even made the Real Betis fans applauding at the end, which made Barcelona to a 4-1 victory on Sunday and leave them with one hand on the La Liga trophy.

Messi treble, his second in a month in Seville, fourth of the season and 51st of his career, moves Barca 10 points clear of Atletico Madrid with 10 games left to play, a gap surely too big too close.

“We had a great opportunity to increase the gap on Atletico. We had to take it tonight and also I don’t remember the opposition cheering me for a goal, I am very grateful.” Said Messi

Messi has now 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.

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