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.”