Lionel Messi's subtle movement was key to Arthur's sensational assist to Rakitic

Lionel Messi celebrates

Barcelona certainly looked like the Copa Del Rey meant a lot to them last night at the Camp Nou.

After suggestions that the Blaugrana were more focused on La Liga, a full-strength Barca side demolished Sevilla 6-1 to complete another 'remontada'.

Ernesto Valverde had fielded a weaker side in the first-leg, with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez both missing out, resulting in a 2-0 defeat.

However, the two South American stars returned in some fashion, both finding the back of the net to seal an emphatic victory.

After the game, Messi said, per Sport: "They said we were going to throw the Copa del Rey and that we didn't want to win it.

"Maybe people misinterpreted my message at the beginning of the season [about wanting to win the Champions League]. We want to fight for the treble. It's our obligation to fight for all three competitions. At Barcelona, we want to win everything."

Some of Barca's football against Sevilla suggested that a third treble is certainly on the cards in 2018/19.

Messi is arguably playing the best football of his illustrious career at the tender age of 31, with his passing, energy and movement a joy to behold at the Camp Nou once again.

Messi in action

And one moment typified his footballing intelligence and why it is virtually impossible to stop him having a major impact on proceedings.

Just prior to Arthur Melo's Xavi-esque assist for Ivan Rakitic to score the second goal, Messi displayed a snippet of movement that few players in the history of the game could have replicated.


Messi simply jogs a few paces, but draws the Sevilla defender just a fraction out of position and Arthur obliges by threading the ball through the small vacant area.

It's subtle, but it's genius.

Barca will change their focus back to La Liga on the weekend as they face Valencia, with Los Che likely to be buoyed by their dramatic 3-1 cup win over Getafe on Tuesday evening.

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