Lionel Messi added yet another hat trick to his growing list of accolades in the game and even Real Betis fans couldn't help but be in awe of the great man.
👏👏👏 ¡Imposible no aplaudir! Así reaccionó la hinchada del Betis ante la exhibición de Messi con el Barcelona pic.twitter.com/7jgWSGcual— Goal en español (@Goal_en_espanol) March 17, 2019
That takes Messi's tally in 2018/2019 to 39 goals and 21 assists in 37 games across all competitions. That's a direct contribution to 60 goals in 37 games, at a ratio of almost two goals a game contributed by Messi alone. It also means that he has drawn 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.
Who would rule out the possibility that he might end the season on a ratio of two direct goal contributions per game across the entire season? Not us.
Messi and Barcelona look to have the LaLiga crown all but tied up already sitting ten points clear at the top and their focus might be to win the Champions League again, a title that their arch-rivals Real Madrid have hogged in recent seasons.
Treat yourself to a quick highlights reel of another staggering season from the Messi the magician.
One of if not the best Messi video I have ever seen. As Lampard said, this version of Messi is the most complete player in history. This is insane pic.twitter.com/a8mSrUo4ri— mx / new account (@LeoooMessi10i) March 16, 2019
Barcelona and Messi face Manchester United in the Champions League quarterfinals, to be played on 10 & 16 April.
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