On Monday 23rd May 2016, Barcelona played Seville for the Copa Del Rey trophy at Atletico Madrid home ground Vicente Calderon Stadium in the Spanish capital Madrid. It was an ill-tempered game which made referee Carlos Del Cerro Grande to book 12 players and send off 3 players including 2 straight red cards to Javier Mascherano and Ever Banega. The game was a tense one and no team succeeded in scoring a goal in 90 minutes and the game was forced into extra time. Messi rose to the occasion and provided 2 brilliant assists to Jordi Alba and Neymar in 96th and 121st minute of the game to give Barcelona a 2-0 win and to lift the 28th Copa Del Rey trophy of the club, most by any team. It was Lionel Messi’s 4th Copa trophy and by adding this Lionel Messi won 30th title of his career. Barcelona, like the previous season, has secured the domestic double but couldn’t win Champions League as were beaten by Atletico Madrid in the semi-final stage.
The campaign 2015-16 has been a memorable one for Lionel Messi where he has dominated the football world along with his team-mates Neymar Jr and Luis Suarez. He has been lethal for his club and has produced when it mattered. Despite 2 months of injury time, his goal tally has reached 41 in 49 appearances with 26 goals in the league, 5 in Copa, 6 in UCL, 1 in CWC and 3 in other competitions. The trio has banged 131 goals and has 65 assists in all competition for the club and has been named the best trio this season.
The Copa trophy was Leo’s 30th career trophy. The summary of all the trophies he has won is given below:
He is one of the most decorated players the world has ever seen. He has won 7 trophies in last 2 seasons which is equal to the number of trophies Cristiano Ronaldo has won in his entire Real Madrid career. He has also won 8 La Liga titles which are equals to the number of La Liga titles Real Madrid has won since 1990. He has clearly dominated the football from the last decade and has been the best by miles. But there are some ifs and buts by his haters and supporters of his rival Cristiano Ronaldo. Although stats and records are there to show and prove that who has been the best.
The only trophy left for him to win is the FIFA world cup with Argentina. Although he has reached very close to his dream many times but still couldn’t manage to succeed. The last minute goal by Mario Gotze in the world cup final in 2014 killed Messi’s dream and left the Argentine supporters in tears. Although he and his countrymen are hopeful to win the world cup in the upcoming years.