Lionel messi was key in the title obtained by the Barcelona this saturday in the Copa del Rey in view of Athletic Club Bilbao by 4-0. The Argentine scored a double (68 ‘and 71’) to crown the win, two very beautiful goals that gave the Culé team its first title of the season. Antoine Griezmann (60 ‘) and Frankie de Jong (63 ‘) opened the win which had the peculiarity that their four goals came in just over 10 minutes.
Barça won its 31st Copa del Rey, establishing itself as the most winning team in this tournament. The victory was against Athletic that had just lost the final of the previous edition (postponed by Covid-19) against Real Sociedad a few days ago. Messi was the ‘MVP’ of this final, which was “very special” for Leo according to his statements. The Argentine has not yet defined his future, taking into account that his contract expires in less than three months.
The trophy is a real boost of morale for the Barça team, after the defeat last weekend in the Classic against Real Madrid last weekend, and allows them to dream of the Copa-Liga double. The game was worked on until in the 60th minute, Antoine Griezmann (after de Jong’s center) broke the zero, just three minutes later, Jong’s own head enlarged the account. Until in the minute 68 and 71 Messi scored two goals to close the win.
The Argentine captain, along with Sergio Busquets, this Saturday became the man who has played the most Cup finals, surpassing the nine of the Athletic legend, Agustín ‘Piru’ Gainza, whom both also equate with seven Cups. The Argentine star received a ball filtered into the area, cut a defender and unleashed a cross shot to make it 3-0 (68 ‘). Just three minutes later, Messi finished off a pass behind Jordi Alba (71) to put the 4-0 that ended up sinking the ‘Leones’.
Barcelona won their first title of the season while waiting for what happens in LaLiga (3rd) and, incidentally, took revenge for the defeat in the Spanish Super Cup in January against the ‘Leones’. “It is a peace of mind that we already have a title in our pocket and we are going for LaLiga that we have our options,” said coach Ronald Koeman in a conference after winning the Copa del Rey.