April 30, 2018 / 9:43 AM / 23 days ago

Soccer: Undefeated Barca, Messi lauded after La Liga title win

MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish media have heaped praise on Barcelona and their key man Lionel Messi after they sealed the La Liga title with a 4-2 win over Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday.

Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Deportivo de La Coruna vs Barcelona - Abanca-Riazor, A Coruna, Spain - April 29, 2018 Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their third goal REUTERS/Miguel Vidal

Barca had only needed a draw to seal their 25th Liga title but ran out comfortable winners despite being pegged back after leading 2-0.

Daily Marca’s front cover read “Your League” next to a picture of Messi, who netted a hat-trick in a victory that sees Barcelona move just four games away from going through the league campaign unbeaten.

“Ernesto Valverde’s side confirmed their unquestionable superiority in a competition they have dominated from start to finish,” Marca said.

“Nobody can argue with their superiority. This title represents the solidity that Valverde has instilled in the side from his.

“He did not have an easy task in his first year, especially given Neymar’s departure, the fact Madrid won the Spanish Super Cup with ease and the envisaged summer reinforcements never arrived.”

The result, which also saw Depor, who are managed by former Real Madrid midfielder Clarence Seedorf, relegated to the second division, sealed a league and cup double.

Barcelona-based daily Sport said: “Nothing is better than a double,” which had been clinched thanks to yet another intervention by the “unstoppable” Messi.

The Argentine said he felt Barcelona were deserved title winners.

“We were much better than everyone else.” he added. “We basically haven’t lost, just once in the King’s Cup and then in the Champions League which was a disappointment given the circumstances.

“It has a lot of merit – what we’ve done in verydifficult.”

Midfielder Andres Iniesta, who will bring the curtain down on his storied Barcelona career at the end of the season, has now lifted nine La Liga titles with the Catalan side and said they thoroughly deserved this one.

“It’s a trophy that rewards consistency and we’ve been better from start to finish,” Iniesta said.

“I wish this was eternal, I’d love for it to never end, but everything has its beginning and its end.”

Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Deportivo de La Coruna vs Barcelona - Abanca-Riazor, A Coruna, Spain - April 29, 2018 Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their third goal with Luis Suarez, Paulinho and team mates REUTERS/Miguel Vidal

Editing by Peter Rutherford

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