Lionel Messi netted twice as Barcelona thrashed Athletic Bilbao in a span of 12 minutes and to lift the Copa del Rey cup on Saturday.
It was Messi’s 35th cup at Barcelona and was at his best form on Saturday when the completed a 4-0 emphatic victory at Seville to seal the season’s first silverware.
The win was also a relief for the Spanish giants following their shocking defeat by Paris Saint-Germain and exit the Champions League chase despite a second leg win in France.
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Speaking after the win, Messi noted how delighted he was to lift the cup in a club where he has spent his entire life.
His third goal for the night was a master piece starting the play from their own g=half exchanging passes and dodging challenges before sliding the ball into the far end of the post.
In attendance at the stadium was Barcelona new president Joan Laporta who joined coach Ronald Koeman to lift his first cup as he praised the players for their mentality.
The win is a stepping stone for the club to convince the Argentine to stay given the talented young players around him at the moment. Laporta has also expressed optimism that he will stay.
Griezman opened the scoring in the 60th minute before De Jong doubled the lead three minutes later thanks to an Alba assist. Messi finished off his double in the 68th and 72nd minute.