Barcelona star player Lionel Messi received an ovation from the Real Betis fans after scoring another hat-trick during a game at Bernabeu on Sunday.
“I cannot remember anything like this before and I'm very grateful for the fans' reaction. I'm very grateful to them and happy for the victory, which was very important,” Messi told reporters after the match.
“We were playing against a team that treats the ball very well but the coach read the game perfectly from a tactical point of view,” he said.
“It was a very good chance to increase our distance at the top, we knew about Atletico's result and we couldn't afford to not take it,” Messi stated.
“The title is in our own hands but nothing has been decided yet. Worse things have happened before. We have a great advantage but there are many points still to play for. We have to keep playing like we have been without giving anything away,” he added.