Barcelona is once again the La Liga champions after winning 3-0 against relegated Granada thanks to a Luis Suarez hat-trick.
The Uruguayan scored his last with just four minutes left to play. At the final whistle, he, Messi and Neymar embraced, along with the rest of the side and their supporters, who sprinted on to the pitch to join in the festivities.
The victory allows the Catalans to claim the club’s 24th Spanish top division title, also their sixth in eight years. But Barca still had their work cut out for them in their match, needing a win to get clear of Real Madrid.
Indeed, Cristiano Ronaldo was able pull Real ahead in the table against Deportivo with a slot in. But as Suarez scored a brace in the first half and Ronaldo is pulled out ahead of the Champions League final against Atletico, Barca fans finally dared to sing “campeones” for the first time.
With 35 goals this season, Ronaldo was also dethroned from his Trofeo Pichichi throne as Suarez completes the game against with his third goal – the first time the top scorer has not been either Ronaldo or Messi since 2009.
They had been unbeaten in 39 games and nine points clear on top of the table before 2 April. They threatened with talent and swagger in every competition, threatening to become the first team ever to defend a Champions League tittle.
And then a 2-1 defeat by Real Madrid at the Nou Camp sparked a dramatic fall for the Catalan club. Within 15 days, they were out of Europe and only top of La Liga by virtue of head-to-head difference after three successive defeats.
Somehow, they responded by massacring Deportivo 8-0, and then went ahead ti win their last five La Liga games after each other, scoring 24 goals and conceding none – proving their mettle and sheer ability, and that they could win when it mattered.