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Lionel Messi hat-trick leads Barcelona 4 – 2 victory against Deportivo

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Barcelona have wrapped up another La Liga crown after Lionel Messi’s hat-trick inspired the Catalan giants to a 4-2 victory at Deportivo La Coruna, whose relegation has been confirmed.

The visitors looked to be cruising when Philippe Coutinho and Messi put Barca two goals to the good after 38 minutes but Lucas Perez and Emre Colak scored either side of half-time to level matters.

“Messi had the final say, though, netting twice in the final 10 minutes as Barca moved an assailable 11 points clear of closest rivals Atletico Madrid.

“Real Madrid have therefore been relieved as champions as Barca sealed their third league title in the space of four seasons, and seventh in 10, one week after regaining the Copa del Rey by hammering Sevilla 5-0.

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“Lionel Messi – who else? – hit a wonderful hat-trick, assisted by Luis Suarez for each goal, to help Barcelona clinch their 25th league title and their seventh in the last 10 years, relegating Deportivo La Coruna in the process.

Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring after just seven minutes with a sumptuous curling effort from Ousmane Dembele’s cut-back.

“It was a goal worth €300million, as Barcelona’s two big star signings this season combined to send them ahead.

“Lucas Perez thought he had pulled the Galicians level but the forward’s strike was correctly ruled out for offside as Depor fought for their lives.

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“Messi doubled Barcelona’s lead with a volley after Suarez’s outside-of-the-boot cross, finishing a lovely team move in the 38th minute to net his 30th goal of the season.

“A Lionel Messi hat trick here has ensured that the trophy will go back to the Nou Camp whilst Deportivo suffer the fate of relegation.

“They had a good go, with Lucas Perez and Emre Colak goals cancelling out Barca’s two goal lead after Philippe Coutinho and Messi had put them in front.

“But it was that man Messi again who had the final say grabbing two late goals to seal the title with four games to spare – the quickest it has been won in 20 years.

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