LIONEL MESSI’S latest glorious hat-trick clinched Barcelona’s 25th La Liga crown in dramatic style.
Philippe Coutinho curled Barca in front early on before Deportivo fought back from 2-0 down to level – only for Messi to strike twice in the last eight minutes.
Meanwhile, traditional rivals Real Madrid, who have won La Liga 33 times, languish in third place, a humiliating 15 points adrift of Barca.
Former Liverpool playmaker Coutinho curled the visitors’ seventh minute opener.
Then Messi volleyed Barca 2-0 up at the backpost from a stunning cross by Luis Suarez.
But Deportivo, who are now definitely relegated, battled back well.
Arsenal loanee Lucas Perez fired home a first-time shot on 40 minutes.
Then midway through the second period Emre Cola rounded off a fine move by angling the equaliser past Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
Barca needed only a point to be guaranteed the crown.
But, as so often in the past, Messi delivered at the biggest moments to secure victory.
He pounced neatly from close range on 82 and 85 minutes to complete the 46th treble of his career for club and country.
Messi has now netted 13 times at the Riazor, making it his best hunting ground along with Real’s Bernabeu.
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