Messi hits three as Barcelona clinch league title at Deportivo

01 May, 2018, 04:53 | Author: Pamela Mathis
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Barcelona's wizard Lionel Messi added another chapter into history books after scoring a hat-trick against Deportivo La Coruna, helping the Catalan giants to a 4-2 win.

Deportivo showed spirit and drew level through Lucas Perez and Emre Colak, but Messi's two late goals sealed Barca's win, while also confirming that Deportivo join Malaga and Las Palmas in being relegated to the Spanish second division (Liga 123).

Fighting back tears, he made the announcement in front of players, staff and media but two notable figures, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez were not present.

Barca doubled their lead in style in the 38th minute when Suarez lofted an exquisite outside-of-the-boot pass in the path of the onrushing Messi to side-foot home on the volley.

Messi now has 32 league goals, more than anyone else in Europe's major leagues, and has also contributed 12 assists this campaign. We know how hard it is to win it and we have to appreciate it and celebrate it.

"I'm very happy, we feel so much joy after winning this league", the Argentine told Barcelona's television channel.

"We have not lost a lot of matches, just one in the Copa del Rey and unfortunately one in the Champions League".




Fittingly, it was a hat trick by Lionel Messi that helped Barcelona secure its 25th Spanish league title.

Not only did it take place in the middle of a long weekend, when many locals leave the city, but Barca fans are still reeling from their shock elimination by Roma in the Champions League quarter-finals.

The LaLiga crown means Barca send out Andres Iniesta, who is ending his 22-year association with the club at the end of the season, with a double. "We've had some tough times and we've overcome everything without losing, which is unbelievable".

"To finish the season with these feelings before the World Cup and with another adventure ahead, I wish it were eternal".

Going unbeaten will be one hell of an achievement but it's certainly not going to be easy with the latest El Clasico on the horizon. Obviously Barca miss his creativity, but they look like a more cohesive unit now under Valverde.

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

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