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Barcelona vs. Real Betis

Barcelona vs. Real Betis

His stunning individual goal against Betis on Sunday was his 21st of the season, while he also set up the second goal of Lionel Messi's hat trick with a brilliant backheel.

Spanish giants FC Barcelona went largely unrestrained in their La Liga game yesterday, as they completed an easy 4-1 win over hosts Real Betis at the Estadio Benito Villamarin. The Argentine International added another goal before the half time to take a two-goal cushion into the second half.

Messi's first score came in the 18th minute.

"I'm very grateful. It's never happened to me before".

Victory moved Barcelona 10 points clear of Atleti at the summit with 10 games remaining. The ball sailed over Lopez and smacked off the bottom of the crossbar and into the net.

The win helped Barcelona extend their lead at the top of the La Liga table by another three points.

Juventus fans acknowledged the brilliance of Cristiano Ronaldo's bicycle kick when the Portuguese was playing for Real Madrid in a Champions League tie, while Brazilian Ronaldinho, then playing for Barca, was cheered by Real Madrid fans in 2005 and, likewise, Ronaldo by Manchester United supporters after he scored a hattrick for Real Madrid.

Remarkably, he has also scored more direct free-kick goals (four) and more goals from outside the box (seven) than any of his competitors those competitions. "We knew that we had a good opportunity to put a little distance between ourselves and Atlético and we couldn't fail", he was quoted as saying.

Messi said: "They were great goals, but the important thing was getting the three points".

Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi was branded as an average player in an unusual rant by Canadian football pundit Sid Seixeiro.

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