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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Xavi hails magician Messi as Barca claim Spanish double

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi

Barcelona's Copa Del Rey final win may have been Xavi's last game at the Nou Camp but after the game it was Lionel Messi's wonder goal which was at the forefront of the captain's mind.

Luis Enrique's side were 3-1 winners over Athletic Bilbao as they completed a domestic double following their league triumph and once again it was the Argentinian who stole the show.

Messi, starting just inside the Athletic half near the right touchline, weaved his way past four defenders and then beat Iago Herrerin at his near post for a stunning strike in the Nou Camp clash after 20 minutes.

Neymar rounded off a neat team move to double Barcelona's advantage nine minutes before the break and Messi put the game further out of Athletic's reach by stabbing home a third goal after 74 minutes.

On Messi's wonder goal, Xavi said: "(It was) scandalous, awesome. I think it's one of the best goals he's ever scored." Team-mate Javier Mascherano added: "Maybe that was one of Messi's best goals. Leo worked his magic and that moved things in our favour."

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