Barcelona were crowned La Liga champions for the 24th time after a Luis Suarez hat trick saw them to a 3-0 win at Granada on Saturday....
Barcelona were crowned La Liga champions for the 24th time after a Luis Suarez hat trick saw them to a 3-0 win at Granada on Saturday.
Barca had gone into their final game of the season with a one-point advantage over second-place Real Madrid and made no mistake at Los Carmenes, claiming victory for a fifth successive game without conceding.
Barca were not made to pay for their mini-slump in April -- which brought three Primera Division defeats in a row -- as they secured a second straight title and a sixth in eight years.
Luis Suarez won Barcelona this title. Not just with his hat-trick against Granada, which sealed their 24th La Liga triumph, but with 40 league goals across a superhuman season.
An incredible 14 of those have come in his last five games, helping drag his team out of their rut and keep one point clear of Madrid as the Spanish title race ended in a sprint finish.
Barcelona earned 91 points to Real Madrid’s 90, with Suarez winning the Pichichi award, given to the division’s top goalscorer—he is the first player to win it since 2009 not called Lionel or Cristiano.
Deportivo 0-2 Real Madrid
Real Madrid beat Deportivo La Coruna 2-0 to secure a 12th successive La Liga win but had to settle for second place.
Manager Zinedine Zidane's Real side went ahead on seven minutes when Ronaldo slotted home at the far post, and the Portugal forward made the advantage 2-0 with a header midway through the half.
Ronaldo, who hit the woodwork twice before the break, took his tally for 2015-16 to 51 goals in all competitions, which means he has scored a half-century of goals in six successive seasons.
He left the game at half-time after picking up a knock but has two weeks to recover as Real now turn their focus to the Champions League final, a meeting with neighbours Atletico Madrid on May 28.