Messi hat-trick guides Barcelona to victory

Written by: Biswajeet Panda
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Madrid, Jan 13: There's no stopping Lionel Messi, who scored a hat-trick in Barcelona's 5-0 victory over second division Real Betis in a King's Cup quarter final first leg on Jan 12. Messi was for the second straight time awarded the World Player of the Year.

The Argentine forward scored his first goal of the match before the halftime and followed it with two goals in the 62nd and 73rd minute of the match. The other two goals were scored by Pedro and Seyodu Keita.

Messi who had a disappointing FIFA World Cup, has come back strongly and has put on display a dazzling array of footwork which had led legends of the game to earmark him for greatness.

Before the match, Messi paraded his World Player of the Year 2010 or the Ballon d'Or trophy on the pitch and was given a warm round of applause by the spectators.

In another match two goals from Alvaro Negredo and another one from Alexis secured a 3-3 draw for holders Sevilla at Villarreal.

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