Lionel 'Magical' Messi creates history with hat-trick against Deportivo

01 May, 2018, 04:52 | Author: Raquel Nash
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Barcelona wrapped up the league title in Ernesto Valverde's first season as manager with a Lionel Messi-inspired victory over Deportivo La Coruna last night.

Barca only needed a draw to seal the title and they made a flawless start when record signing Philippe Coutinho scored with a stylish chipped shot in the seventh minute while Messi doubled their lead in the 38th by volleying home an outrageous cross by Luis Suarez.

Philippe Coutinho and Lionel Messi had given Barca a two-goal cushion but goals from former Arsenal stirker Lucas Perez and Emre Colak gave the relegation stragglers hope of pulling off the miracle.

On Sunday, he came off the bench for a brief cameo appearance as Barcelona defeated Deportivo La Coruna 4-2 at a Riazor stadium which stood to honour him.

Once again, the future champions pulled their fat out of the fire, Jordi Alba providing the assist for Lionel Messi to equalise in the final 10 minutes - an all-too familiar combination that would extend throughout the season.

"Don't ask me about it, let them enjoy their title and we will focus on Bayern from now on".

"For me, La Liga is the most hard competition to win", he stated.

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"It was a very special title for all of us because we are yet to lose any matches".

Ousmane Dembele finally joined for 110 million euros ($133 million) but was unfit and got injured in just the fourth game of the season, while Coutinho didn't arrive until January and was unable to play in the Champions League, and January saw Javier Mascherano leave to play in China. The current style of play isn't almost as attractive as what we're used to, but it's just as effective in getting results.

La Liga's top scorer praised his side for remaining unbeaten in the league although he lamented the one black mark of their campaign, their shock elimination from the Champions League after losing a quarter-final second leg 3-0 to AS Roma.

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.

They had been eight minutes from beating Barca in the reverse fixture in October and, with nine goals scored in their last two games, Diego Simeone's men fancied their chances.

Unbeaten Barcelona added to its domestic dominance by winning the Spanish league title for the third time in the last four seasons on Sunday.

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