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Iniesta Sets Historic Record In Copa del Rey Win

Andres Iniesta has become the most decorated player in the history of Spanish football after helping Barcelona win the Copa del Rey on Saturday.

Goals from Lionel Messi, Neymar and Paco Alcacer secured a 3-1 victory against Alaves at the Vicente Calderon an Saturday, ensuring Iniesta picked up the 33rd title of his career, passing former club and international team mate Xavi, who had been tied with him on 32 trophies.

This was Iniesta’s fifth Spanish cup, and was also remarkably his 30th domestic honor with Barcelona, including eight La Ligas and four Champions Leagues, to go with the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2008 and 2012 championships he won with Spain.

Iniesta won his first Barcelona trophy in 2005 when the Catalan giants lifted the La Liga trophy that season, and he has gone on to become one of his country’s greatest ever midfielders.

Iniesta’s next shot at an honour will come in August when he lines up for the Spanish Super Cup between Barca and league winners Real Madrid, with number 34 in his sights.

It would be his eight Super Cup should Barca win in August. He has also lifted three UEFA Super Cups and three Club World Cups.

Despite winning the Copa del Rey, and finishing second to Real Madrid in the league, this was a disappointing season for Barcelona, something Iniesta admitted to after the cup final.

“When you do not achieve your goals of winning titles, winning the great things such as the league and Champions League, it is not a good season,” he said.

“But what we had left to control, which was playing this Copa final and winning it, we have done it, and now we need to look into what we might have failed at this season, what do we need to improve, and we will try again next year.

“That is the demand of this team, of this club, and that is what we will try to do.”

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  • Oladoke, Paul Olufemi May 23, 2016, 9:51 pm

    Sorry o, the Barcelona team will not play the European super cup. Seems you’re unaware that they’ll not win the Champions league this year
    Personally, I don’t see anything spectacular in what the Spanish teams are doing – gather all the available talents in other teams and kill them with a sledge hammer. I don’t believe in coaches who do such things . A coach is someone who makes do with what he has and turns them into Champions like what recently happened in Leicester City . No regards for those in the league of Gardiola, Mourinho, Henrike who set out to use
    money to buy all the available stars in the world and it will become obvious that no team can beat whatever side they put on the pitch. These are no coaches but conductors.

  • Raymond L. March 6, 2015, 6:22 am

    If Athletic Bilbao could park a bus and keep Barcelona’s three-headed monster at bay, they’d bring home the trophy. Otherwise, the odds seem to be favoring the Blaugrana.

    • David March 6, 2015, 8:30 am

      There hope I think Raymond is that between now and the end of the season that Barca’s three-headed monster as you put it, revert back to the form they had in the first half of the season or that Barca reach the Champions League final and lose focus on the cup.

  • Raymond L. January 21, 2015, 4:44 am

    If the first match between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid was to be a sign for their upcoming match, I’d say that Barca has pretty much figured out Atletico. Not to mention that the team has been steamrolling over opponents in the past few weeks.

    My bet is with the Blaugrana this time.

    • David January 23, 2015, 2:05 pm

      The challenge I see Atletico having Raymond is that they have really struggled to score against Barca and I cannot see them scoring twice next week.

  • Abdullahi Danlami January 19, 2012, 12:42 am

    Barca was the best and still the best. Second league will going to be 3-0 in favur of Barcelona.

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