Messi has scored seven quadruples in his career which has underlined his ability to drag the troubled team through even in the most turbulent of periods.
The five-time European champions will face either Liverpool or Porto in the last four in their first appearance at the stage of the competition since 2015.
Damage limitation, and a fifth consecutive Copa del Rey, will be the prize if Barcelona beat Valencia on Saturday as their rejuvenated opponents eye a final flourish to their remarkable comeback season.
A resilient Barcelona will look to extend their five-game winning momentum going when they take minnows Slavia Prague in a Champions League tie on Wednesday. Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez
When the world is battling coronavirus, UAE once again showed its never-say-die attitude as the country’s cricket board offered to host the 13th edition of the cash-rich Indian Premier League.
Robert Lewandowski scored his 30th league goal of the season on Saturday as Bayern Munich came from behind to claim a 4-2 victory at Bayer Leverkusen and move a step closer to the Bundesliga title.
World number one Novak Djokovic described the strict hygiene restrictions under which the US Open is likely to be played as “extreme” and a cap on support teams as “really impossible” on Friday.