Messi goal clinches La Liga title for Barcelona


Barcelona officially clinched the La Liga title today following a 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid.

Lionel Messi scored in the 65th minute to lead Barcelona to the 23rd La Liga title in club history.

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Through 37 matches, Luis Enrique’s men have compiled a record of 30 wins, three draws, and four defeats for a total of 93 points. Their final match of the season is next Saturday at home against Deportivo.

Barca claimed the title on the field of the defending champions Atletico Madrid, as the 1-0 scoreline does not represent how dominant a performance the Catalans put in at Vicente Calderon Stadium.

The visitors pressured throughout the first half, with Atletico keeper Jan Oblak being called upon to make a few big saves to keep Barca off the board. Messi beat Oblak from a free-kick, but his strike hit the crossbar as the teams went into halftime locked in a scoreless draw.

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In the second half it was more attack from Barcelona, and it was only fitting that Lionel Messi scored the game-winning and title-clinching goal. Messi played a quick one-two with Pedro before firing home to give Barca the lead in the 65th minute. It was Messi’s 41st league goal of the season, trailing only Cristiano Ronaldo’s 45.

Barcelona leads the league with an amazing +89 goal differential, and although known for a world-class attack, the Catalans have only conceded 19 goals on the season, the best defensive record in the league.

With the title clinched, Enrique will be able to rest some of his stars for the final match of the season. Barcelona is still eyeing a treble, with the Copa del Rey and Champions League finals coming up for the champions of Spain.