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Leo Messi earns an ovation at Benito Villamarin

Leo Messi earns an ovation at Benito Villamarin

During another outstanding performance played by the Argentinian crowned by a sublime hat-trick, the supporters of Real Betis decided to stand up to applause in spite of losing 1-4.

After the match, even Messi was grateful by the nice behavior of the Sevillians. “I don’t remember anything like that”, he declared, and yet it shouldn’t be a surprise considering that he is probably the highest figure to have ever competed in La Liga.

Indeed, he is the top-scorer in the competition history, and since his debut in 2004, he has won the trophy nine times and surely will lift his tenth in a couple of months.

Besides, yesterday he became the Barcelona player with more number of victories surpassing Xavi Hernández. Currently, just another legend, Andrés Iniesta, has played more times than him for the Catalans.

The Champions League ambitions

Despite being considered as the world best player by the vast majority of the football fans, it seems shocking that he has only won once the Ballon d’Or in the last six years. This is mainly because Barcelona has not been able to succeed during the last Champions League editions.

Inversely, while the Catalans have been eliminated at the quarter-finals in four of the last five years, Real Madrid have lifted the trophy on those occasions. Therefore, players from los Blancos such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Modric received the prize as the best player especially for its performance in the European tournament.

Nowadays, having sentenced La Liga and reached the final of Copa del Rey for the sixth time in a row, Barcelona’s focus will be on the European tie against Manchester United. Thus, Messi will have to show his best to be crowned as the football king again after many years of disappointments at the Champions League.