He scored a hat-trick, his fourth of the season and 33rd in LaLiga but it was his third that was a highlight. And the Real Betis fans at the Benito Villamarín applauded too.
The Argentine chipped Pau Lopez from an almost impossible angle and the rival fans applauded Messi for the genius that sparked the goal.
"I don't remember being applauded by rival fans for a goal before," he told Movistar.
He was asked if he had ever scored such a nice goal and he responded, "I don't know, I was lucky that both of them went in but above all we got the three points. We knew that we had a good opportunity to put a little distance between ourselves and Atlético and we couldn't fail."