Saturday, May 14, 2016 5:51 pm
Barcelona have won the La Liga title, their 24th, edging out their rival Real Madrid.
And the Catalan team did it in style, with goal poacher, Luis Suarez making it a hat trick at Granada.
Cristiano Ronaldo recorded a brace at Deportivo la Coruna for Real Madrid, but the effort was not enough to stop Barcelona claiming the title.
Suarez had bagged the title for Barca, the defending champions, after he netted two goals 16 minutes, apart, the 22nd and 38th minute, after over 20 minutes of Granada resistance and with some ill-luck on Barca’s part.
Ronaldo recorded his brace with a succession of goal in 7th and 25th minute.
The two teams ended up with just a point difference.
For Luis Suarez, the hat trick in Granada took his tally for the season to 59.
Suarez’s treble also sees him become the first player in seven years other than Ronaldo and Barca teammate Lionel Messi to win the Pichichi award for La Liga’s top goalscorer with 40.
“We are deserving champions,” said Suarez.
“We had to suffer, the pressure was put on us in the final few games, but this team is built to win titles.”
Barca had seemed set to cruise to the title until a run of three consecutive defeats for the first time in 13 years last month.
However, they bounced back like champions as, inspired by Suarez’s 14 goals, they scored 24 times without reply in the last five games to win the title.
“We played very well over the course of the season. We were top for many weeks and the most consistent team wins the title,” said Barca boss Luis Enrique.
“We have won six of the last eight titles, which shows the club has a winning mentality. We must value each title win because each one is very difficult.”
Madrid’s record 12-game winning streak to end the season wasn’t enough to overcome the 12-point deficit they faced to Barca back in March.
“I am very proud of the players and what we have done,” said Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane.
“We never gave up and we fought until the end.”
However, victory secured second place ahead of Champions League final opponents Atletico Madrid, whilst Ronaldo moved past the 50 goal mark for the sixth consecutive season.