Barcelona Wins Copa Del Rey Trophy. Barcelona demolished Athletic Club 4-0 in Seville on Saturday evening, April 17 to win the Copa del Rey, their first trophy of this current season.
Lionel Messi found the back of the net twice, after goals from Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong, to claim a record 31st Copa del Rey, and their newest Copa title since winning it five times consecutively in a row before it was ended by Valencia in 2019.
Barcelona’s new president, Joan Laporta was captured smiling when he watched his side pick up the first trophy of his second reign on a huge night for the club in Seville who are still hoping to convince star player Lionel Messi to remain at the club beyond this season.
Under-fire Ronald Koeman kept faith in his 3-5-2 system and made some bold selection calls as Gerard Pique came in for Ronald Araujo, twice holding his own against Inaki Williams in one-on-one situations.
After creating the opener for Griezmann, De Jong stooped to head home the second, from Jordi Alba’s cross, before Messi scored a brace.
Messi played a one-two with De Jong in the build-up and scored twice, and Barca fans can only hope their football Messiah will sign a new deal to remain at the club beyond this season, even though he is already 33.