Deulofeu calls Barcelona out over title-winning shirt snub

Deulofeu calls Barcelona out over title-winning shirt snub

Deulofeu calls Barcelona out over title-winning shirt snub

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

Pictured: Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their fourth goal and completing his hat-trick with Jordi Alba against Deportivo La Coruna, Abanca-Riazor, A Coruna, Spain, April 29, 2018.

The visitors needed only a draw to lift the title as they started the match in domineering fashion, marching into a 2-0 lead with goals from their record signing, Philippe Coutinho, and top scorer, Messi, in the first half.

Coutinho opened the scoring in the seventh minute with a well-placed shot into the top corner after a pass by Ousmane Dembele, and Messi added to the lead in the 38th with a strike from near the far post after a flawless cross by Luis Suarez.

Even though they got eliminated from the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League to AS Roma, Barcelona have finally returned to winning ways and will be looking to carry this momentum forward into next season.

"It has been a great season with the Copa del Rey and now La Liga".

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.

"[The double] has only been done eight times in Barcelona's history and we have to be very happy".

Now on 32 league goals for the campaign, Messi has become the first player to score 30+ goals in seven different La Liga campaigns, starting with his 2009/10 tally of 34.

Valverde also believes the LaLiga title is the toughest to win, saying: "It seems the most hard because in the cup or in the competitions with elimination, a bad day takes you out".

No team has ever gone a full domestic season unbeaten, as Ernesto Valverde's team, which he built around Lionel Messi, are only three games from doing.

The LaLiga crown means Barca send out Andres Iniesta, who is ending his 22-year association with the club at the end of the season, with a double.

But with Messi in form, Barcelona certainly won't be overawed.

Valencia, winless in four matches, has an 11-point lead over fifth-place Real Betis, which has four games left and hosts last-place Malaga on Monday. For us he's everything, the brand of this era, and he won the World Cup with the national team.

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