Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi set a new Copa del Rey record on Saturday as the Catalans battle Sevilla at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium on Saturday for the King’s Cup trophy.
Messi became the second player to ever score in five Copa del Rey finals after netting Barcelona’s second in the opening period of the Cup final.
The goal was Messi’s 15th goal in 18 finals for Barcelona (not including two-legged Spanish Super Cups). He has now scored in 11 of the previous 17 – and they’ve won all 11.
The Argentine also holds the record of scoring more goals against Sevilla than any other team – 31 in 34.
Meanwhile, Barcelona and Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta was given an emotional ending to his last final for the Blaugrana, as the player was reduced to tears after being subbed off in his side’s 5-0 win over Sevilla.
The midfielder, who has won everything he could with Ernesto Valverde’s side, was subbed off with just a few minutes remaining in his side’s Copa Del Rey final victory, with all the fans in the stadium giving the 33-year-old a standing ovation.
The Spanish giants ended cruising to a 5-0 win over Vincenzo Montella’s side, with Iniesta himself getting on the scoresheet as he bagged Barca’s four of the match.
It was Barca’s fourth Copa Del Rey victory in a row, with Ernesto Valverde’s side just one win away from securing their second double in three seasons.