Barcelona and Lionel Messi show no signs of slowing down and extended their lead at the top of La Liga to 10 points with a commanding 4-1 win over Real Betis.
The Catalan club looks almost unstoppable now as they march towards another league title while their fellow title rivals are struggling to get points on the board.
While the footballing world is rarely surprised by this point when reading about Messi’s goal-scoring exploits, the little magician still finds ways to create an aura of amazement around his every move.
In the win over Betis, Messi produced another magical performance which was nothing short of the stuff portrayed in fairy tale movies.
Grabbing a hat-trick is one thing but to get it in a way that leaves everyone watching dumbfounded is on an entirely different level and that’s what makes the Argentine standout from other world-class players out there.
Betis had got the better of this Barcelona side earlier in the season, and a staunch determination to avenge that loss was clearly visible in the players as soon as the match started.
Messi set the tone early with an inch-perfect free-kick from 20 yards out before tip-toeing Suarez’ pass for a second, minutes before the halftime whistle.
The Uruguayan added a third not long after the restart and with the fixture done and dusted, it was widely expected that Messi would grab his third at some point before the game ended.
But even his most devoted fans couldn’t have foreseen what came next as the 5-time Ballon d’Or winner once again reminded the world why he is regarded as the G.O.A.T in football.
While Messi had already beaten him twice before, the last thing Pau Lopez would have expected was for Messi to try for the audacious chip during a late Barca attack.
But Messi is Messi and pulling off pieces of skills that other players can’t even grasp yet alone execute, is how the Argentine has built his reputation.
The goal left the whole Benito Villamarin Stadium stunned with cries of “Messi Messi” reverberating around every corner as everyone capable of standing stood on their feet to applaud the extraordinary performance.
Even the players on the pitch were left in awe after the goal went in and can be seen looking around in disbelief as Messi reels away in celebration. Check it out below –
Their reaction is a testament to his footballing ability and the fact that no matter how long or wherever he plays, the little magician can still find ways to take your breath away.