La Liga: Ace Barcelona striker brilliance helped Barcelona thump Real Betis 4-1 in a La Liga match. Messi (2004-19) now has 492 goals to his name in La Liga history which slots him among the greatest ever. The moment was so special that the opposition fans too gave a standing ovation to the Argentinian striker. It was a moment to witness when the Real Betis fans were on their feet in the 85th-minute of the match to salute Messi.

Here is the video where you can see Real Betis fans lauding Messi:

It was in the 85th-minute when Messi chipped a ball over Betis goalkeeper Pau Lopez to score his hat-trick. The goalkeeper was not anticipating the move with a lot of strikers around his goal. He was expecting a pass from Messi and seemed to be covering for that and it led to his downfall.

Here is the video:

Here is what Messi had to say after the match.

“I’m very grateful,” Messi said after the game.

“It’s never happened to me before.

“They always treat us very well, regardless of whether we’re rivals.”

It was a great result for Barcelona as they went 10 points clear of Atletico Madrid who is on the second spot in the La Liga points table.