4/30/2018 12:08:17 AM (GMT+3)

Messi hat-trick helps Barca win title with four matches to spare

Messi hat-trick helps Barca win title with four matches to spare

MADRID, Spain: Barcelona won their 25th La Liga title on Sunday thanks to a Lionel Messi hat-trick that secured a 4-2 victory at Deportivo La Coruna and wrapped up the league with four matches to spare.

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.

Philippe Coutinho had fired Barca into an early lead while 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.

Barca finally saw off their stubborn hosts, though, as Messi pounced after a brilliant one-two with Luis Suarez before slotting in to complete his 30th La Liga treble.

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