Speaking on 9 April, Zinedine Zidane said Madrid's guard-of-honour snub was his decision, citing Barcelona's failure to "follow the tradition" and give his side a guard of honour at the Bernabeu after Madrid won the Club World Cup.
Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick to help Barca overcome Deportivo and secure the double. The current style of play isn't almost as lovely as what we're used to, but it's just as effective in getting results.
The three goals on Sunday allowed Messi to take the lead in the Golden Boot race, surpassing the 31 goals scored by Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah in the Premier League.
A defeat at this point could have unsettled their rhythm, but Ernesto Valverde's men dug deep to come away with a 2-1 win despite not being at their best thanks to Denis Suarez's 62nd minute leveler and substitute Paulinho's victor six minutes from time. It is a great year for them, winning the Copa has its merits, La Liga a bit more, and winning the Champions League could be the same as both, and maybe a little more, depending on for who.
The 33-year-old helped Blaugrana to the La Liga title and Copa del Rey to end his glittering spell at Nou Camp, having won 35 trophies at club and global level. "At the end of the day, the league is such a long competition".
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However, the title success has come with a rather subdued feeling after their shock UEFA Champions League exit to Roma earlier this month but the five-time Ballon d'Or victor is hopeful they can finish off the domestic season in style. "There are no words when you receive so much love from people and even more so in hard moments for them [given Deportivo's relegation]".
It was the ninth league title for Messi, allowing him to surpass the record he shared with Xavi Hernandez.
Nobody wants to be the forgotten man in football, but Gerard Deulofeu was certainly feeling left out when Barcelona released a commemorative shirt following their LaLiga title triumph. "He's managed the dressing room perfectly."[The double] has only been done eight times in Barcelona's history and we have to be very happy. Barcelona may have an advantage in this match as well, with Real likely to be experiencing some fatigue after playing Bayern this week in the Champions League.
Messi then struck twice in the final 10 minutes to seal the win.