Barcelona wins Copa del Rey in Luis Enrique's last game

Ibai Gomez hit the post for Alaves before Messi scored his 54th goal of the season with a 20-yard curler.

The former Barcelona midfielder could end his three-year reign at the Nou Camp with a ninth trophy.

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique lauded "extraterrestrial" Lionel Messi after ending his time in charge of the LaLiga giants with a Copa del Rey success.

He celebrated by waving his winner's trophy and singing the club's anthem in front of the Barcelona fans who traveled to the final in Madrid. "I'm the one who chose to stop, and I think that it was a wonderful decision for me, for the players and for the team as well".

MADRID (AP) - Luis Enrique leaves Barcelona with no regrets and the feeling of mission accomplished.

Luis Enrique took his final bow as Barcelona coach on Saturday night and declared the Lionel Messi magic show far from over.

The Basque side drew level three minutes later when Theo Hernandez fizzed a spectacular free kick into the top corner although Neymar restored Barca's lead a minute before halftime, bundling in Andre Gomes's pass from close range after starting the move with a dazzling run down the left.

"I have a contradictory feeling given the disappointment of the result given the desire we had to do something more, and also the feeling of thanks to the players not only for what they did today but during the whole year", said the Argentine.

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Despite frustration in La Liga and the Champions League this season, Barca ended the campaign with a Copa del Rey triumph.

There was still enough injury time for Barca's Paco Alcacer to take another brilliant pass from Messi, get around Alaves goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco to score and make it 3-1 at halftime and 3-1.

Real Madrid and Barcelona will play against each other in three Clasicos in this summer's pre-season, Sport have reported.

Since then, Barcelona have twice won the Super Cup with wins against Atletico Madrid and Sevilla, and lost against Athletic Bilbao on another occasion.

  • Julie Sanders