Notwithstanding the historic occasion, the veteran pair were unable to mark the day with progression to the semi finals, surrendering a 4-1 lead from the first leg with Roma at the Nou Camp by letting in three goals without reply at the Stadio Olimpico.
"A failure without excuses", read Sport's front cover, with an editorial adding: "Valverde's fear leaves Barca without another Champions League in the era of Messi". "We've seen it a little bit regularly - if you're a heartfelt Barca fan or if you're a Barca planner or if you're their president or indeed their captain, Andres Iniesta - there's an exact similarity to Turin a year ago. Now we have to carefully analyze what happened and try to move on".
Despite suffering the injury during the tie with the Italian outfit in Rome, Rakitic managed to complete the full 90 minutes and La Blaugrana faithful will hope the Croatian returns to first-team action without much delay.
" I thought that after the game was still equal, with them needing one more goal, " there is enough expertise from the workforce to observe the game out", he also said.
Barcelona's decline in recent years has often been masked by their impressive ability to continue to pick up silverware each season-something Messi should take plenty of credit for-but they're perhaps no longer the force they once were on the pitch and rely too heavily on their talisman.
The midfielder is considering quiting the club at the end of the season. The truth is that they were very good and we weren't.
"They applied high pressure throughout and that made it hard to play our game".
In the Spanish league, Barcelona are undefeated after 31 games and lead La Liga by 11 points with Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid trailing in second and third. "Right now we feel bad".
La Liga leaders Barca will look to bounce back from their Champions League exit when they host Valencia on Saturday.