Lionel Messi final goal saw even the opposing fans recognize his brilliance.

By Kaelen Jones
March 17, 2019

Lionel Messi scored a brilliant hat trick as Barcelona's La Liga beat Real Betis 4-1 on Sunday.

The Argentine opened scoring with a stunning 17th-minute strike that gave the league leader's an early advantage.

Messi has now scored five goals directly off a free kick across all competitions this season. He's the first player competing in Europe's top-five leagues and UEFA Champions League to notch as many free-kick goals.

Messi added a second goal in stoppage time of the first half, doubling Barcelona's lead ahead of the break.

But he saved his best for last, floating a shot just over the goalkeeper and hitting the underside of the crossbar to complete his hat trick. All Real Betis fans could do was stand and applaud the brilliant effort.

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HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
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Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)