Has any club in the history of soccer ever been disappointed to see their season conclude with a domestic double, winning both that season’s league title and national cup competition?
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The answer is, probably not, but that’s the unfortunate reality for the 2015-16 edition of Barcelona, who on Sunday knocked off Sevilla in the Copa del Rey final to go along with this season’s La Liga title. Unfortunately for Luis Enrique’s side, they’re the odd Spanish club out in next Saturday’s UEFA Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, and that’ll remain the overriding shortcoming for so many this season.
Barca fans will have to settle for seeing their side rewrite a bit of 63-year-old history, instead…
Naturally, Lionel Messi — the alien that he is — left his fingerprints all over Saturday’s victory in the capital city (below video). First, there was his long ball over the top for Jordi Alba, who scored what turned out to the be the game-winning goal in the first half of extra time, followed by a simple, yet clever through ball to Neymar for the exclamation point in extra-time stoppage time.
Final season stats (all competitions) — Messi: 41 goals, 23 assist | Luis Suarez: 59 goals, 22 assists | Neymar: 30 goals, 20 assists. For the non-math majors among us, that’s 130 goals and 75 assists between what will go down as arguably the greatest attacking trio of all time.
If only we could all “fail” so successfully as Barcelona have done…