It did not take long for the Brazilian star to appreciate the playing riches on show on the pitch.
With the tie effectively at an end, Ernesto Valverde took the chance to give Messi some rest, replacing his number 10 with Ousmane Dembele just before the hour mark to deafening applause from Camp Nou.
The Argentinean scored in the 13th and 15th minute following passes from Jordi Alba.
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Barcelona defeated Celta Vigo by a score of 5-0 and advanced to the quarterfinals of this tournament.
"It's a luxury to have him in the team", Alba told Gol Television.
Suarez nearly capped the win with a spectacular chip from 40 yards, with the ball just sailing wide of the left-hand post, but Rakitic added gloss to the scoreline three minutes from time with a firm header from Dembele's corner.
"Personally, I think it's great to play with him, and we always look for each other".
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Sevilla beat Cadiz 2-1 with goals from Wissam Ben Yedder and Joaquin Correa to advance 4-1 on aggregate.
The semifinals of the competition are scheduled for January 31 (first leg) and February 7 (second leg), while the final will be held on April 21.
But on both occasions, their modest visitors fought back thanks to a brace from Guillermo on the stroke of half-time and then after 82 minutes.
Leganes from the Madrid suburbs were pitted against 19-time Cup winners Real in yesterday's draw having progressed to the last eight on away goals in their two-legged last 16 tie against Villarreal on Thursday.
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Moroccan global Nabil El Zhar scored the crucial away goal for mid-table Leganes on the half-hour mark.