FC Barcelona Clinch Their 25th La Liga Title Thanks To Lionel Messi's Hattrick

| April 30 , 2018 , 14:14 IST

Spanish footballing giant FC Barcelona clinched their 25th La Liga League title on Sunday as they won the crucial game against Deportivo by 4-2. Lionel Messi scored a sensational hat-trick as his team sealed the title with four games still left to be played.

Coach Ernesto Valverde's men completed a league and cup double after thrashing Sevilla 5-0 in last week's Copa del Rey final, regaining the Spanish crown from Real Madrid and relegating Deportivo in the process.

"When you chase it for so long you say 'finally'," he told Spanish media.

"I feel very happy because, in the end, the league is very long, it starts in August, and when spring arrives everything is decided, we have passed everything. We've been pursuing it since the beginning, we have been in the lead, we've finished well, with a big margin. It's the first La Liga that I've won."Valverde further said.

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After the departure of their star player Neymar who transferred to Paris-Saint Germain for a world record fee, Barcelona looked vulnerable and not as strong. However, Lionel Messi took the mantle on himself and has been in sensational form this season as he bagged his 30th league goal of the season.

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.