Barcelona defeat Deportivo 4-2 for La Liga championship

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi

We've been pursuing it since the beginning, we have been in the lead, we've finished well, with a big margin. "Leo spoke with Andres, someone with who he has an extraordinarily good relationship and who understood perfectly when he explained it to him".

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.

A 4-2 win over Deportivo La Coruna sealed the deal for Ernesto Valverde's side, with a goal from Philippe Coutinho and a hat trick from Lionel Messi getting the business done.

"We know how hard it is to win this league", Messi said.

Lionel Messi bagged a hat-trick - as he would do almost eight months later against Deportivo de La Coruna to seal the title - and it was clear Barca meant business.

Barca went into the match knowing a point would be enough to see them regain the trophy with four matches still to play.

The 33-year-old revealed on Friday that he will leave Barcelona at the end of the season, bringing the curtain down on a phenomenally successful career at the club he has served since he was 12.

Girona, also in the fight for a spot in Europe's second-tier club competition, stayed ninth.

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. That's why we have to value it and celebrate it properly with all our people. Great season and next year to try to improve what has not been done well.

"It's my first league title with Barcelona".

In 2008, the Blaugrana performed the guard of honor at the Bernabeu after Real clinched the league title by then.

A superb move which saw Ousmane Dembele find Coutinho, allowed the Brazilian to send a delicious effort into the top left hand corner of the goal and notch his third league goal of the season.

There were contrasting emotions at the end of the match, with Barca's on-pitch celebrations a touch muted perhaps in respect for their opponents, for whom the defeat confirmed relegation.

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