Several young Barça players marched behind the Copa del Rey trophy to pose with Lionel Messi on Saturday night after the Catalan club’s resounding 4-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao in the final.
The sequence is both funny and nice, but it also testifies to what Lionel Messi represents for Barça and for football. After their 4-0 victory in the Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao on Saturday night in Seville, several youngsters from FC Barcelona lined up to pose in turn behind the trophy with Lionel Messi.
All with a childish smile, Pedri, Arnau Tenas, Ansu Fati, Riqui Puig or even Frenkie de Jong marched to embrace Lionel Messi, also in heaven. Even Miralem Pjanic – much younger (31 years old), but at the club for only a few months – did not miss this opportunity to immortalize this moment of joy with the six-fold Golden Ball. All under the amused gaze of Clément Lenglet.
Two and a half months from the end of his contract
This sequence therefore recalls the extraordinary aura of Lionel Messi with other footballers. Even if the season is not over and a meager hope for a La Liga title still exists, this moment of conviviality must necessarily be put in parallel with the future of the 33-year-old Argentinian.
This 31st King’s Cup coronation comes two and a half months from the end of the contract of number 10, who had tried to force his departure last summer. Right now he’s free to sign up with another club he would join after June 30. But for now, at least officially and despite rumors about Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, no decision has been made for the future.
Joan Laporta, new president of Barça, even assured that an extension was well advanced. If this is the case and it comes to fruition, Antoine Griezmann will be delighted, he who said after the final that he “hopes” that his teammate will stay.
In any case, Lionel Messi again demonstrated during this final that he remained an exceptional player. If the first two goals of the meeting were scored by Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong, he was responsible for driving the point home with a double. He became the first in the history of the competition to score in seven different finals. This meeting also allowed him to cross the threshold of 30 goals in all competitions, which he has now done for 13 consecutive seasons.