Real Betis played host to Barcelona at the Benito Villamarin Stadium yesterday but their fans gave Messi an iconic memory. The game saw the visitors exact revenge for their 4-3 loss to the hosts at Camp Nou in November last year.
Messi once again put up a phenomenal display for the Catalan giants as he netted a hat-trick to give the league leaders a 4-1 win over the hosts.
Messi’s 51st career hat-trick was met with an incredible standing ovation from the 54,000 spectators in the stadium.
Fully aware that they were in the presence of greatness, Betis supporters sung Messi’s name from the Estadio Benito Villamarín stands, many giving a standing ovation.
In gratitude, Messi responds via The Standard UK: “I don’t remember (a rival player being applauded like that) and I’m very grateful with the reaction of the fans.”
“Every time we come to this stadium, they treat us really well. Very grateful and happy for the win, which was very important.”