Messi and Barca 'superior' in Spain

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"The guard of honour issue was exaggerated".

Lionel Messi claimed a hat trick and Philippe Coutinho also scored to give Barcelona a 4-2 win at Deportivo La Coruna as the Catalan club took an insurmountable 11-point lead over Atletico Madrid.

Barca secured their 25th title with the win, having been unbeaten up until now in league games.

Lionel Messi bagged a hat-trick - as he would do almost eight months later against Deportivo de La Coruna to seal the title - and it was clear Barca meant business.

"To finish the season with these feelings before the World Cup and with another adventure ahead, I wish it were eternal".

Previously, NAIJ.com had reported how Real Madrid proved they are strong contenders for a third straight Champions League title as they defeated Bayern Munich by 2-1 at the Allianz Arena.

"We know how complicated it is to win the league, which is why we have to cherish this and celebrate it as we should with all our fans".

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

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"We have won it with a very big margin and in the end we were the best in the league", Barca coach Ernesto Valverde told reporters.

The only blemish on their season was a stunning Champions League quarter-final loss to Roma when they blew a 4-1 first-leg lead to be dumped out at the Stadio Olimpico.

In 2008, the Blaugrana performed the guard of honor at the Bernabeu after Real clinched the league title by then.

"It [winning his seventh LaLiga title] has just kind of been like all of them, every year it passes it costs more to do. We had some tough moments and we overcame them without losing and that's incredible".

But it would appear Real Madrid manager, Zinedaine Zidane is planning to get revenge after the Catalan side refused to honour his side after they won the Club World Cup past year.

Once again, the future champions pulled their fat out of the fire, Jordi Alba providing the assist for Lionel Messi to equalise in the final 10 minutes - an all-too familiar combination that would extend throughout the season.

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