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Reports: Why Messi Broke Copa Tradition

Reports: Why Lionel Messi Broke Copa Del Rey Tradition

By Kurt Buckerfield - Apr 23, 2018 07:28 AM @KurtLaduma

FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi played a huge role in the Catalan club's 5-0 win in the Copa del Rey final this weekend, but broke a certain tradition when captain Andres Iniesta was handed the trophy.

Click through the mini-gallery to see images of Iniesta collecting the Copa del Rey trophy!

The Blaugrana swept Sevilla aside in Saturday's final, winning 5-0 thanks to goals from Messi, Iniesta, Philippe Coutinho and a brace from Luis Suarez.

Many believe it was the last time fans would see Iniesta play in a cup final for the Catalans as there is talk he may be leaving Spain for China.

The Catalan club's skipper was replaced with a few minutes left in the tie, a moment that had Barca and Sevilla supporters on their feet, and Iniesta in tears.

Despite certain members of the Spanish giants' board playing down rumours that Iniesta is leaving, Messi's gesture after the game added fuel to the claims.  

According to the Daily Express, it is said to be tradition for Barca to allow both the first and second captain to collect the trophy together.

However, Iniesta made his way up to the podium on his own, and it has been said that Messi told him to do so as he did not want to steal the limelight.

The 33-year-old lifted the trophy by himself before making his way back down to the pitch, where his teammates were waiting for him.

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Reports in Spain suggest that Iniesta will announce his decision, as to whether he will be staying or leaving, this week.

Do you think Iniesta will ever be properly replaced at Barca? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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Warras4phefeni Apr 24, 2018 04:08 PM
Mr. Coolest of them all.
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Mketule 1 Apr 23, 2018 08:16 PM
@PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN Why can't you defend Khompela mara?
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Kurough Apr 23, 2018 01:57 PM
@clemz7 Agree with you clemz7. Another season or so for him will be good for Barcelona and his understudy.
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Matayitayi Apr 23, 2018 12:08 PM
This FA cup belongs to Barca museum
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN Apr 23, 2018 11:36 AM
We've defended this cup 4 times in a raw
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN Apr 23, 2018 11:35 AM
Copa del rey must be now renamed Copa De Barca..........coz its being won by Barca alone
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Mrr Apr 23, 2018 11:23 AM
He is a real ace maestro.
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Kurough Apr 23, 2018 10:56 AM
One thing about you Messi is that you are not selfish. You even gave the penalty to Couthinho. Others will never ever do that cause they are chasing individual glory.
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vijjox Apr 23, 2018 10:31 AM
Most effective play of all time in the middle
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vijjox Apr 23, 2018 10:31 AM
Boss in the middle leaving
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So-Mathabo-KBY Apr 23, 2018 09:30 AM
From one great to the other, so privileged to be living their era
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Faysal Apr 23, 2018 08:45 AM
Messi is a team player
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Maclane Apr 23, 2018 07:57 AM
Can be replaced, but not anytime soon.
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clemz7 Apr 23, 2018 07:56 AM
He can be replaced but mina i still wish he can play two seasons with Barca
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN Apr 23, 2018 07:37 AM
A true legend.

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