By Taiwo Ibrahim
Lionel Messi produced a masterclass performance to lead Barcelona to a 4-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao in the final of the 2021 Copa Del Rey.
Messi scored a brace including a solo goal, Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie De Jong added the other goals as Barcelona ran riot over Athletic Bilbao.
He has expressed his delight after winning his first Copa Del Rey as a captain.
“It’s very special to be the captain of this club,” Messi told Barca TV.
“It’s a very special Copa for me because I’m able to lift it [myself].
“Not being able to celebrate it with our fans is a pity.
“The situation is what we have to live with. It’s a shame.
“The Copas are always special and the fans enjoy them a lot.
“These are two clubs that are used to these finals and [used to] enjoying them a lot.”
Messi became Barcelona captain in 2018 after Andres Iniesta left for a sojourn in Japan.