"He played a great game and I have to congratulate him. Once again, he has scored three goals and has played very well. All I am concerned with is that he is happy and that he stays that way." - Pep Guardiola.
The newly crowned World Player of the Year was once again at his scintilating best in Barcelona's 5-0 win over Real Betis in the quarter-final first leg of the Copa del Rey last night.
Messi claimed the first three goals, a brilliant hat-trick, and has now notched the barely beleivable figure of 28 goals in 25 appearances in 2010-11.
After showing off his new Ballon d'Or trophy to the Nou Camp, Messi terrorised the Betis defence predominantly from a right forward position where he scored the opener after Iniesta had played him in.
The Barcelona number 10 continued to threaten in the second half and was rewarded with two further goals, the second where he showed excellent persistence and then the hat-trick goal from a fine through ball by Xavi.
Related video links: All the goals, Barcelona 5 - Real Betis 0.