14 Jan 2011

World player of the year scores hat-trick for club

12:10 pm on 14 January 2011

Lionel Messi celebrated a second successive World footballer of the Year award with a hat-trick as Barcelona thrashed second division Real Betis 5-0 in a King's Cup quarter-final first leg.

Earlier, two goals from Alvaro Negredo and a late strike from Alexis scrambled a 3-3 draw for holders Sevilla at Villarreal.

Messi paraded the FIFA Ballon d'Or trophy on the pitch at the Nou Camp before kickoff, flanked by team mates Andres Iniesta and Xavi who came in second and third respectively, and then took apart a valiant Betis.

The Argentine scored the first just before halftime, chipping the ball over the goalkeeper from an Iniesta pass, and showed persistence to score the second in the 62nd minute, before claiming his hat-trick with a breakaway goal 11 minutes later.

Messi was given a standing ovation when he was substituted near the end, with the whole stadium chanting his name.

Pedro and Seydou Keita wrapped up the scoring to leave the second division leaders with a mountain to climb in the next week's second leg.