Messi scores as Barcelona wins Copa Del Rey

 Lionel Messi scored twice, including a staggering independent objective, as Barcelona blew away Athletic Bilbao to win the Copa del Rey on Saturday, entrusting their rivals to a subsequent last loss in about fourteen days. 


The cup was won and lost in a tornado 12 minutes in Seville, which saw Barca score multiple times to secure an unequivocal 4-0 triumph, with Messi at his overwhelming best. 


It stays not yet clear if his seventh Copa del Rey win is the last prize Messi lifts in Barcelona tones yet if this somehow managed to be a last prosper, the 33-year-old created a fitting goodbye. 


"It's unique to be chief of this group where I have consumed my entire time on earth and exceptionally uncommon to have the option to lift this cup," Messi said. 


His first objective, and Barca's third, begun with the Argentinian in his own half before a pursuing run the privilege and a flood forward into the punishment region gave him the possibility for a straightforward completion. 


With the club's new president Joan Laporta in the group, Ronald Koeman's first title as Barcelona mentor ought to likewise essentially help his odds of staying in control past the mid year. 


"To win a title is significant for me," Koeman conceded a short time later. 


However Laporta was perceptibly hesitant when gotten some information about Koeman's future. 


"He is progressing admirably," he said. 


Koeman assumed control over a group at absolute bottom, embarrassed by a memorable misfortune to Bayern Munich and injured by the endeavors of Messi to leave the club free of charge. 


Yet, this 31st Copa del Rey accomplishment for the club is a demonstration of progress made and Koeman will trust it persuades Messi to remain as well as gives Barca energy now in an in a dead heat title race in La Liga. 


"Notwithstanding the progressions at the club and the youthful players, at Barca you need to consistently battle for prizes," Koeman said. 


"We have the first and now we will battle to the last game in La Liga." 


Gerard Pique said it seemed like the club had been "reset". 


- 'Turned it around' - 


"Here and there you tumble down and you need to get up," Pique said. "It has been a troublesome year yet the group has turned it around." 


Messi was shipped off when Athletic Bilbao beat Barcelona, likewise at the La Cartuja, in January to win the Spanish Super Cup however they never looked like pulling off a rehash. 


After Athletic lost to their Basque equals Real Sociedad in a year ago's deferred last just fourteen days prior, lifting themselves for another show-stopper in a similar arena and against a harder adversary was continually going to be a major inquire. 


"In the two finals we played well beneath the level that we're prepared to do," said Athletic mentor Marcelino Garcia Toral. 


Barcelona were practically ahead following four minutes as Sergio Busquets played in Messi, who moved back for Frenkie de Jong however his sidefooted finish returned off the far post. 


Sergino Dest hauled wide while Inigo Martinez had Athletic's most obvious opportunity yet as he extended for the skipping ball, he could just jab over. 


Athletic appeared to have played their way into the match before half-opportunity yet Barcelona came out with recharged life, with Unai Simon making two splendid recoveries to deny Antoine Griezmann and afterward Busquets, both from short proximity. 


Be that as it may, when the obstruction gave way, it turned into a breakdown, with objectives scored in the 60th, 63rd, 68th and 72nd minutes to leave Athletic's expectations destroyed. 


To begin with, Messi sneaked through Dest down the privilege and his cross was redirected in by Griezmann before the second came from the contrary flank, Jordi Alba nestled into cross for De Jong to gesture in. 


The third was a tremendous from Messi, who began the move in his own half, jumping more than one test and avoiding another. 


He took the ball back from Dest and drove down the conservative, away from three adversaries and inside. 


Messi twice played off De Jong, the second time subsequent to motoring forward into the punishment region, where he shot between two last Athletic protectors and slid the completion into the furthest corner. 


His second, and Barca's fourth, was all the more straight-forward, Alba pulling a cross back for the Argentinian to fold under a frail right hand from Simon and inside the post. For Athletic, there was no chance to get back.

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