May 16, 2021

Messi breaks Copa del Rey final scoring record with brace vs Athletic

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Messi breaks Copa del Rey final scoring record with brace vs Athletic |


22:43 BST 17/04/2021

Messi Braithwaite Copa del Rey Athletic 2020-21

The legendary forward reached another impressive milestone as Barcelona cruised to their first trophy of 2020-21

Lionel Messi passed Telmo Zarra as the all-time leading Copa del Rey final goalscorer with his second-half brace on Saturday in Barcelona’s 4-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao.

The pair of strikes took him to 10 goals in the competition’s final. He’s won the tournament seven times.

Barcelona now have their first trophy of the campaign and will try to add a La Liga title to their cabinet by the end of 2020-21 as they navigate the end of a three-horse domestic race with Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. They sit one point back of Real and two points back of Atletico with eight matches to go.

30-goal streak

In addition to breaking the Copa del Rey final record, Messi also scored his 30th goal in all competitions this year, a mark he’s reached 13 times in a row.

Team-mate Ilaix Moriba, who came off the bench Saturday, was 4 years old the last time Messi failed to score at least 30 goals.

How did Messi score?

Messi’s goals came in quick succession. The first was in the 68th minute, as he played a give-and-go with Frenkie de Jong and chopped inside to open up a window to roll easily the ball past goalkeeper Unai Simon. Four minutes later, he beat Simon with a first-time finish to the near post.

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