Barcelona entered their fourth consecutive Copa del Rey final after securing a comfortable 2-0 win over Valencia in their second leg semi-final clash at the Mestalla last night.
Ernesto Valverde’s men cruised past on a 3-0 aggregate, and will now look to secure a record 30th Copa del Rey title when they take on Sevilla in the final on 21st April.
Latest £142 million acquisition, Philippe Coutinho, made his mark on the game, as he scored his first goal for Barca. Ivan Rakitic doubled the Catalan giant’s lead at the 82-minute mark.
However, the talking point of the game was the sublime performance delivered by none other than Lionel Messi.
From almost scoring a scintillating free-kick to obliterating Valencia’s Jose Gaya, Messi dictated the game from the very first whistle. But what he did mid-game showcased his absolute unmatched class.
The 30-year-old turned on the savage mode in the first half, as he casually started walking forward with the ball on the right side from the half-line for roughly 10 seconds.
And that wasn’t the end of it, as the Barca No. 10 teamed up with Rakitic late on to engage in a series of back-and-forth passes until he was eventually closed down by a Valencia player.
A casual yet formidable display by the little maestro caused social media to explode, as twitter was flooded with multiple tweets hailing Messi’s sheer class.
One fan wrote: “The highlight of the first was when Messi decided to walk with the ball like someone was injured and getting treatment. Man rules football.”
While another added; “Messi is dominating match simply by walking around the pitch #CopaBarca”.