Lionel Messi has been the primary player in the history of football to reach 500 wins after Barcelona romped to a 5-0 triumph over Leganes in the Copa del Rey.
Setien revived the six-time Ballon d’Or winner to his starting line up in Thursday battle, although last week Messi was left out of Barca’s unconvincing round of 32 success over Ibiza.
Aims from Clement Lenglet and Antoine Greizmann gave the Blaugrana a comfortable half-time lead at Camp Nou since they put the disappointment of a 2-0 La Liga defeat at Valencia behind them firmly on Saturday.
Before Arthur added some more gloss to the scoreline, Messi made it three just before the hour mark.
The Argentine maestro of Barca grabbed his second of the night at the death, smashing the ball into the roof of the net in sumptuous style.
The result ensured that Messi earned his victory in a Barca top – the most wins ever recorded by a player in soccer.
It’s taken 710 games to achieve that mark, and many more will be probably added by him to his total until he takes time on his career at Camp Nou.
Barca will now await their destiny in Friday’s draw, and are safely through the Copa del Rey quarter-finals, along with Real Granada, Madrid, Villarreal, and Real Sociedad.
The newest double of Messi has taken his tally for the season to 20, and he is going to have the chance to add to his haul when Barca welcome Levante into Camp Nou on Sunday.
Setien’s men slipped three points behind Real Madrid at the top of La Liga after their loss in the Mestalla, if they could string a run of wins together but a third title is still within their grasps.