Messi will be shocked to have received criticism after his Real Betis masterclass..

Real Madrid fanatic Tomas Roncero launches rant about Lionel Messi after Betis win

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Lionel Messi was in a league of his own vs Real Betis.

The Barcelona star is already enjoying an incredible season, but drew even more superlatives with his performance at the weekend and helped himself to a sensational hat-trick.

His treble at the Benito Villamarin Stadium will endure as one of the greatest of his career, featuring yet another free-kick and an inch-perfect chip over Pau Lopez.

The Blaugrana would eventually win the game 4-1 and increase their strangle-hold on the La Liga title race, despite Zinedine Zidane arriving to help revive Real Madrid.

Per Sky Sports, Ernesto Valverde reflected on the match by saying: "Leo's match has been extraordinary. He scored three goals and could have scored a fourth. It's evidence of the player he is.

Messi scores three vs Betis

"Despite the opposition being on the receiving end, we are all enjoying this era of his, which is unequalled. It's significant that they cheer him, it's an acknowledgement."

So, all things considered, it would seem baffling for somebody to criticise Messi on the back of such an incredible display and especially in the context of his season as a whole.

However, one Real Madrid 'megafan' and pundit decided to go on a remarkable Messi rant live on television, clearly unimpressed with the mercurial 31-year-old.


Pundit's rant about Messi

Tomas Roncero has built up something of a reputation for his passionate monologues and has been previously seen wearing Real merchandise in the studio.

And according to Catalan publication Sport, he took aim at Messi during an appearance on El Chiringuito.

The report explained: "The talking head claimed that Barcelona would be knocked out of the Champions League by Manchester United at the quarter-final stage and that Messi would disappear from the game.

"He said Messi would hide and leave the team knocked out once again."

Not only that, but a clip also emerged on Twitter of him saying that's becoming sick of Messi being the greatest player in history. We can safely assume he's in the Cristiano Ronaldo camp.

While he's animated rambling is certainly entertaining, it's somewhat difficult to see Messi 'hiding' against United regardless of their comeback at Paris Saint-Germain. 

If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men are going to enjoy any success, they will have to control Barcelona's star player and ensure he doesn't perform as he did against Betis.

Meanwhile, if Barcelona successfully qualify for the semi-finals, you can bet that Roncero will be made to eat his words. 

Sorry Tomas, but it's all on camera.

Who do you think will qualify - Barcelona or Manchester United? Have your say in the comments section below.

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