Unbeaten Barcelona sews up league title

Unbeaten Barcelona sews up league title

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.

Barcelona had led 2-0 with goals from Philippe Coutinho and Messi but Depor fought back to 2-2 with strikes from Lucas Perez and Emre Colak. Having Messi and Suarez up top doesn't hurt either, and now they're looking even more risky than before with Coutinho getting more consistent minutes.

The first "Clasico" of the season was always going to be a massive occasion, even if a struggling Real Madrid side were not proving to be Barca's closest rivals at the top of the table.

Hopes were high inside the Riazor, but Messi not to be outdone - struck twice in the final ten minutes to seal the win and the title for the Catalan side.

As arch-rivals Real Madrid continue their bid for a record-extending 13th Champions League title, Barca fans are left pondering what might have been had their turbulent season gone differently. "In the Copa and in the Champions League, one bad day can knock you out".

Messi, who made his Blaugrana debut in in 2004, has won nine league titles with Barcelona and the insane stat from Miguel Delaney further underlines what he has achieved with the club.

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde praised the consistency of his title-winning side while acknowledging they have "lacked brilliance" at times. "We had some tough moments and we overcame them without losing and that's incredible".

"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".

It will wound Real to see Barca pick up the trophy after the game in Catalonia, and it will sting further that they have done so with such ease, now 15 points ahead. "The Club World Cup was a competition we didn't play in".

It is a staggering turnaround from the start of the season when Camp Nou was filled with despair, dissent and a campaign to oust club president Josep Maria Bartomeu, who on Sunday boasted of "the seventh [Primera] Liga title in 10 years".

"It's terribly hard to think of all the tests we have to go through, to do it with four games going is a great achievement".