The REAL reason 'emotional' Lionel Messi skipped Andres Iniesta's goodbye

The REAL reason 'emotional' Lionel Messi skipped Andres Iniesta's goodbye

Messi scored a hat-trick on the night to celebrate the 25th La Liga title and the seventh in the last 10 seasons.

Barca only needed a draw to seal the title and they made a flawless start when record signing Philippe Coutinho scored with a stylish chipped shot in the seventh minute while Messi doubled their lead in the 38th by volleying home an outrageous cross by Luis Suarez.

Messi's 38th-minute volley made it two, but Lucas Perez pulled one back for Deportivo before half-time and Turkish winger Emre Colak stunned Barca with an equaliser midway through the second period.

Barcelona were stung previous year when Real Madrid took back the Liga crown and became the first team to win back-to-back Champions Leagues in the modern era.

They are only four games from an unbeaten La Liga season.

"We only lost once in the Cup and in Roma where we had a very unexpected result", Messi added, referring to the 3-0 Champions League second-leg defeat that saw Barcelona exit the quarterfinals on the away goals rule.

Valverde's debut season as manager sees him complete just the club's eight-ever double, having guided Barcelona to a Copa del Rey triumph as well when they emphatically defeated Sevilla in a 5-0 win last weekend.




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.

"It has only been done eight times in Barcelona's history and we have to be very happy", said Alba.

Messi now has 32 league goals, more than anyone else in Europe's major leagues, and has also contributed 12 assists this campaign.

Valverde's unbeaten side have 86 points from 34 games, with Atletico 11 points adrift and third-placed Real Madrid on 71 points.

There is nothing worse than being forgotten, which is what it felt like for Spanish forward Gerard Deulofeu when Barcelona did not include his name on their commemorative shirt after clinching the La Liga title.

Messi put Barcelona ahead in the 82nd from close range after exchanging passes with Suarez inside the area, then sealed the victory in a breakaway in the 85th. The current style of play isn't almost as attractive as what we're used to, but it's just as effective in getting results.

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