Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick as Barcelona regained the title in LaLiga with a pulsating 4-2 win against Deportivo La Coruna, who were relegated.
The runaway leaders headed into Sunday’s fixture at the Riazor knowing a point would be enough to win a seventh title in the past 10 seasons and the 25th in their history.
A routine victory looked on the cards from the moment Philippe Coutinho finished Ousmane Dembele’s pass, and Messi scored a 30th league goal of the campaign from Luis Suarez’s sensational assist to double the lead.
But Depor, who had to win to avoid going down, made a real contest of it.
Lucas Perez deservedly cut the deficit before the break and Emre Colak finished a fine team move to level in the 64th minute.
Ultimately, though, Depor failed to complete the comeback and the brilliant Messi stuck the nail in their Liga coffin with two further late strikes to leave Barca celebrating another title triumph.
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