Messi leads Barcelona to Copa del Rey Title Win


Lionel Messi’s 54th goal of the season inspired Barcelona to secure the Copa del Rey title for the third year running after beating Alaves to mark a winning send-off for coach Luis Enrique.

Enrique announced in March that he will quit the club after three years in charge at the Nou Camp.

Ibai Gomez hit the post for Alaves before Messi scored his 54th goal of the season with a 20-yard curler.

Moments later, Theo Hernandez bent in a free-kick to equalise, but Neymar scored from close range before Messi played in Paco Alcacer for the third on the stroke of half-time.

Barcelona had a disappointing season after they ended up runners-up to Real Madrid in La Liga on the last day of the league season and were eliminated from the UEFA Champions League by Juventus in the quarter-finals.

However, they did at least restore some pride with the victory over last season’s second division champions in what was the final match to be played at Atletico Madrid‘s Vicente Calderon Stadium.

Two major records were set along the way as Barcelona retained the trophy.


Messi became the first player to score in four Copa finals since Athletic Bilbao‘s Telmo Zarra in 1950 with his opener from outside the penalty area.

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