Published: Tue, May 01, 2018
Culture | By Henry Herrera

Messi makes another La Liga history

Messi makes another La Liga history

And they duly wrapped up the Spanish league crown Sunday thanks to - who else - Lionel Messi.

Barca only needed a draw to seal their seventh title in the past 10 years and they made a flawless start when record signing Philippe Coutinho scored with a stylish finish before Messi doubled the lead by volleying home a Luis Suarez cross.

Messi helped fire Barcelona to their 25th La Liga title by scoring a hat-trick in their 4-2 win over Deportivo La Coruna last night. The number 10 has often played through spells in matches like a central midfielder this season and he also scored the goal which all but settled the title race, his bending free-kick against Atletico Madrid in March securing a pivotal 1-0 win.

"We know how complicated it is to win the league, which is why we have to cherish this and celebrate it as we should with all our fans".

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde praised the consistency of his title-winning side while acknowledging they have "lacked brilliance" at times.

I am really happy to have won this league title. "We've had some tough times and we've overcome everything without losing, which is unbelievable". Jordi Alba offers more of an attacking presence down the left, Sergi Roberto has solidified himself as the first-choice right-back, Busquets and Rakitic have stepped up to offset the shortcomings of an aging Iniesta, and even Paulinho has proven himself to be a pretty useful player.

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News reports indicated the crowds had blocked roads and even tried to enter the hospital before police pushed the people back out. Rome's Vatican-owned pediatric hospital Bambino Gesù has offered to treat the 23-month-old boy.

"What happened with Roma is a thorn in our side", says Javier Gibello, a 37-year-old civil servant who also brought his son. "He has managed the dressing-room perfectly", Alba told reporters. Forgetting him from the list of players probably isn't the best way to go about that.

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.

There may be hard moments to come when playing Real, despite Los Blancos having an off-season in the league.

Real, winners of the competition in 2014, 2016 and 2017, are firm favourites to make the Kiev final having won 2-1 in Germany last week.

The Madrid club are aiming for a fourth Champions League title in five seasons and, ahead of Tuesday's semi-final second leg against Bayern Munich, Spain defender Ramos believes that achievement would be superior to Barca's.

Messi and Suarez combined brilliantly in a crowded penalty area before the former rolled the ball into the wide-open goal.

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