Lionel Messi carved his name into the history books again on Saturday night as he became only the second player ever to score in five Copa del Rey finals.
The Argentine served warning of his intent early on with a brilliant free kick that was saved by the goalkeeper before finding the back of the net for Barca’s second.
It was a great move with Jordi Alba playing a one-two with Andres Iniesta before backheeling for Messi to slot home.
5 - Lionel Messi is the second player in Copa del Rey history to score in five different finals (six goals). The first player to achieve this feat was Telmo Zarra between 1942 and 1950 (eight goals). Emperor. pic.twitter.com/Y3RV6YzuyD— OptaJose (@OptaJose) April 21, 2018
But that’s not all, he’s also the first man to assist in three consecutive Copa del Rey finals, in this century.
3 - Lionel Messi is the first player to assist in three consecutive Copa del Rey finals in the 21st century (five assists). 10. pic.twitter.com/BFS2DPFrtu— OptaJose (@OptaJose) April 21, 2018
And his goal also means he’s also scored 40 goals or more for the last nine seasons. Nine!
And here’s a nice little graphic of Messi and his record in Copa del Rey finals: