Lionel Messi (left) and Luis Suárez were all FC Barcelona needed on Wednesday night. / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

Seconds after the final whistle in FC Barcelona’s remarkable 7–0 rout over Valencia on Wednesday night, one big question remained — Who would get the game ball?

Would it be Luis Suárez or Lionel Messi?

Suárez, after all, had just completed his first four-goal game since joining FC Barcelona — giving him a team-leading 35 goals in 33 games this year across all competitions — and Messi had bagged his 29th career hat trick, his third in the Copa del Rey.

Not surprisingly, a goal glut such as this coming from two players in the same game is about as common as a total lunar eclipse.

Here are the only precedents:

23 March 1924 — FC Barcelona 8–1 Zaragoza Stadium: In the first leg of the preliminary round of the Copa del Rey in Les Corts, Paulino Alcántara and Josep Samitier scored three goals each and Sagi Barba added a double.

11 September 1949 — FC Barcelona 10–1 Gimnàstic Tarragona: Five goals from Navarro II, a Caesar hat-trick plus goals from Marcos Aurelio and Canal led the rout in Week Two of league play in the 1949/50 season at Les Corts.

23 September 1956 — FC Barcelona 7–3 Atlético Madrid: In Week Three of league play in 1956/57, Barça got four goals from Luis Suárez (no, not the same one) and three from Justo Tejada.

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