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Barcelona win La Liga title

01 May 2018, 04:53 | Nina Hammond

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The Argentine said he felt Barcelona were deserved title winners.

The Argentina global feels his side, who remain unbeaten in LaLiga this season, were deserved champions.

A Lionel Messi hat-trick against Deportivo La Coruna clinched Barcelona's seventh LaLiga title in the last 10 years.

" Winning the Champions League is a positive that is equivalent to those two or even more".

"It has a lot of merit - what we've done in verydifficult".

Barcelona has won 26 league games and drawn eight, with four matches left.

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos says his team lifting the Champions League this season would be worth "maybe a little more" than rivals Barcelona having already won the 2017-18 La Liga and Copa del Rey double.

But that served only as a precursor for what was to come, as Paulinho pulled one back before Suarez struck twice and Messi scored with a stunning free kick to banish any and all demons.

I'm delighted because this has been a very long competition that we have been chasing since the moment we went to the top of the table.

"We made a spectacular league (campaign) and we have to close it by being unbeaten for the whole season".

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Andres Iniesta, who last week announced he will not return for a 17th season with Barcelona, also has nine titles. He also played a key part in Spain winning the 2008 and 2012 European Championships to complete an unprecedented run of dominance for Spain and its tiki-taka tactics modeled on Barcelona's ball-possession style.

Messi helped Barcelona keep the unbeaten streak alive by coming off the bench at Sevilla and scoring an 89th-minute goal that allowed the Catalan club to salvage a 2-2 draw.

Messi has 32 league goals, leaving him with eight more than Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo in the race for top scorer.

The emotions were very different for Deportivo, for whom the result confirmed their relegation from LaLiga. The team has lost six times and drawn five under his command, and will return to the second division for the first time since 2013-14.

When asked by Spanish national television in February about that classic goal, Iniesta said it was "as if destiny wanted the ball to go in". "Now the future is open".

Never seen falling out of nightclubs, skin not fully decorated with tattoos, Iniesta is a family man with simple pleasures who just happens to play football very well indeed.

Earlier on Sunday, Kevin Gameiro scored a second-half penalty just seven minutes after Fernando Torres had missed a spot-kick as Atletico Madrid claimed a 1-0 win at Alaves.

Gameiro scored the 78th-minute victor from the spot less than 10 minutes after Fernando Torres had his penalty kick saved by Alaves goalkeeper Axel Werner.

Atletico forward Angel Correa was sent off in stoppage-time after two bookings.

Barca did not include his name, or the names of the players that left the club during the winter transfer window, including Arda Turan (İstanbul Başakşehir) and Javier Mascherano (Hebei China Fortune), on their celebratory T-shirt.

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