Published: Mon, March 18, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Real Betis vs. FC Barcelona - 3/17/19 LaLiga Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Real Betis vs. FC Barcelona - 3/17/19 LaLiga Pick, Odds, and Prediction

FC Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has etched closer to an incredible LaLiga record held by Cristiano Ronaldo after scoring his 51st career hat-trick against Real Betis.

He said: "To be honest no, I don't remember the opposition fans giving me an ovation for a goal". Whenever we come to this stadium they treat us very well, very grateful and happy for the victory, which was very important.

"It was a very good opportunity to increase the gap, we knew the result from Atletico and we couldn't slip up".

"We played against a team that treats the ball well", Messi added. Worse things have happened before.

Overall, Messi has now scored 39 goals and registered 21 assists in 39 games across all competitions.

Needless to say, Messi's superb free-kick versus Real Betis sent social media into overdrive.

They're now 10 points ahead of Atletico Madrid in second place, and 12 points ahead of rivals Real Madrid.

The Barca boss told Movistar Partidazo after the game: 'Leo's match has been extraordinary. In LaLiga, Barcelona is on the top with 19 wins, 6 draws and only 2 losses and 69 scored goals and only 26 conceded goals.

Having scored twice in the midweek 5-1 thrashing of Lyon in the Champions League, Messi curled home the set-piece in the 18th minute of the game at Estadio Benito Villamarín as Barca looked to extend their lead at the top of the table.

The goal came from arguably his most hard chance of the lot too as he dribbled his way through three Betis defenders, leaving them in a heap behind him before slotting his finish into the bottom corner.

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