Messi receives standing ovation from Real Betis fans after another hat-trick
Messi receives standing ovation from Real Betis fans after another hat-trick
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Messi receives standing ovation from Real Betis fans after another hat-trick

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.

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.

Barcelona and Messi face Manchester United in the Champions League quarterfinals, to be played on 10 & 16 April. 

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