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Lionel Messi once again stole the limelight after he produced a magical moment for Barcelona against Sevilla in the Copa del Rey.
While the second-leg fixture between the two Spanish sides had been settled by the time that injury time rolled around, it didn't stop the 31-year-old Argentine ace from completing Barça's 6-1 thrashing of Sevilla with a bit of tiki-taka action.
During a devastating counter-attack, Messi picked up the ball near the halfway line and switched the ball to one of his Barcelona teammates.
The reigning La Liga champions then worked their way into the box with some nifty footwork and scintillating passing.
The five-time Ballon d'Or winner darted into the box, picked up the ball and finished it past Sevilla 'keeper Juan Soriano with absolute ease.
Check it out below.
Absolutely ridiculous move for this Messi goal. Scores for his eighth consecutive game with it, too. pic.twitter.com/iH0hT0XN2b
- Nestor Watach (@NestorWatach) 30 January 2019
"The tiki-taka in Sevilla's penalty area is ridiculous," one user wrote on Twitter.
Another tweeted: "There are two kinds of people: 1) There are people who say Messi is the GOAT. 2) And there are liars. I'm not even a Barça fan. It's just undeniable that he's the greatest."
A third said: "With a scoring streak like that on the line, he also gave a penalty away. Unbelievable guy. Only right that he gets his goal in the end."
A fourth added: "Just enjoy it because this genius isn't going to be around forever."
Barcelona faced a challenge coming into the fixture after losing the first leg 2-0.
However, Ernesto Valverde's men started off the match strong when Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring against Sevilla. Meanwhile, Ivan Rakitić added in the second before half-time.
Barcelona were awarded a penalty in the second half and Messi selflessly allowed Coutinho to take it, with the former Liverpool ace completing his brace.
Sergi Roberto scored Barça's fourth, but Arana Lopes would hand Sevilla a fighting chance to qualify for the semi-finals after he found the back of the net.
However, Luis Suárez added in Barça's fifth and, of course, Messi sealed Sevilla's fate when he scored his first of the match and his side's sixth.
Messi, who will be making his return to international duty this year, revealed after the match that Barcelona had no intention of being knocked out of the Copa del Rey.
"It was said that we were throwing the cup or that we didn't want it," he said (via Marca).
"My message was misunderstood: we will fight in three competitions, as is our obligation.
"At Barcelona, we fight for everything.
"Before the goal, I had a couple of chances that I missed. But they [his teammates] scored others and when mine came, everything was decided.
"The team played great and we're into the next round."
:trophy::crown:Leo #Messi : "We are Barça and we would never throw away the chance to win any of the big three competitions"
:large_blue_circle::red_circle: #CopaBarça #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/hHJeRCAMXh
- FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) 30 January 2019
Jordi Alba has provided five assists in his last three starts for Barcelona:
:a:️:a:️:a:️ for Lionel Messi
:a:️ for Ousmane Dembélé
:a:️ for Luis Suárez
Serving them up for fun. :fork_knife_plate: pic.twitter.com/yREYPJwRu4
- Squawka Football (@Squawka) 31 January 2019
If only they knew what Messi was capable of doing pic.twitter.com/X5C2MrEDlL
- Danny (@dani_slimz) 31 January 2019
Lionel Messi scored today, giving him an eight-game scoring streak in all competitions, his longest such streak since 2012-13 and tied for the third-longest streak of his Barcelona career. pic.twitter.com/fxWDLBD0mp
- ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) 31 January 2019
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