Lionel Messi hat-trick seals La Liga title for Barcelona

Ernesto Valverde will win La Liga with Barcelona at the first attempt if they beat Deportivo

Ernesto Valverde will win La Liga with Barcelona at the first attempt if they beat Deportivo

With his hat trick in the 4-2 win at Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday, Messi reached 32 goals in the league, eight more than Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo, his closest contender in the race for top scorer.

Lucas Perez and Emre Colak had pulled Deportivo back level by the 64th minute, but with 8 minutes still remaining, the five time Ballon d'Or victor struck again. Having Messi and Suarez up top doesn't hurt either, and now they're looking even more unsafe than before with Coutinho getting more consistent minutes.

All of Barca's goals were exceptional but the nonchalance with which Luis Suarez crossed with the outside of his foot for Messi to side-foot home the second smacked of a team yet to lose a league match.

Hopes were high inside the Riazor, but Messi not to be outdone - struck twice in the final ten minutes to seal the win and the title for the Catalan side.

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Asked at the pregame news conference whether a Champions League or domestic double was more worthy, the veteran defender knew exactly what his questioner was getting at.

There is no love lost between eternal rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona but Jordi Alba, the Catalan full-back believes that the Los Blancos should give them a guard of honour ahead of next week's El Clasico.

Gerard Deulofeu was obviously pleased Barcelona secured the La Liga title over the weekend, but was also left somewhat irritated by the club's celebration t-shirts. "We had some tough moments and we overcame them without losing and that's incredible". But out of the 34 matches they've played, which were the 10 most decisive results? "Roma was a hard moment, but it should not erase what we have achieved in the last week".

Lionel Messi is responsible for slew of superb statistics and he added a few more to his collection last night - one being that he has now been involved in 36% of Barcelona's La Liga title wins.

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The La Liga crown means Barca sends out Andres Iniesta, who is ending his 22-year association with the club at the end of the season, with a double.

Valverde was relieved to finally clinch the title and said his team deserved their success.

"It has been a great season with the Copa del Rey and now La Liga".

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