When Lionel Messi fired into the roof of Gorka Iraizoz's net on Friday evening, it represented not only a vital goal in Barcelona's pursuit of glory, but the Argentine's final act of note in a record-breaking season that may never be surpassed.
Pedro had provided Barca with the lead in the Vicente Calderón before Messi converted a pass from Andres Iniesta and Pedro added another to secure the Copa del Rey against Athletic Bilbao, and provide Pep Guardiola with a 14th trophy in his final game.
It was a fitting end to an unprecedented era of success under the stewarship of Guardiola, and the 41-year-old will now take a sabbatical before deciding what the future holds.
Barcelona's rise under Guardiola had been a joy to behold, and the Blaugrana legend was able to coax the very best from Xavi, while Iniesta was able to thrive under his hero.
But Guardiola owes the greatest debt of gratitude to Messi, and vice versa, with the diminutive Argentine having found the net 211 times during the four-year reign of the former.
Messi has contributed more with every passing season, and the recently concluded campaign represented not just his most potent, but also he also claimed the record for the most goals ever scored in a domestic season.
On May 2, the 24-year-old moved past Gerd Muller's record of 67 goals scored during a single European season - a feat which the German legend managed for Bayern Munich in the campaign of 1972-73.
Messi had already etched his name into the annals of Barca history by taking his record past that of César Rodríguez, while the Spanish record was sewn up as early as April.
Just three days after toppling Muller from the summit of European history, Messi surpassed yet another previously imagined unbeatable target.
Four goals against Espanyol move to an unprecedented 72 goals for the season, becoming only the second player ever to reach 70 in a top-flight campaign, and beating an 87-year record previously held by Bethlehem Steel striker Archie Stark.
Messi's 73rd of the season came against Bilbao on Friday, and repeating - or bettering - the feat next season would be difficult to fathom, even for arguably the finest player in the history of the game.
Thankfully, GMF has afforded you the opportunity to cast your eye back on the Messi's record-breaking season, with each of his 73 goals featuring in the video below.
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