Suarez hat-trick leads Barcelona to La Liga title after downing Granada

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On the Spanish island, a Barcelona win would earn the storied club earn its second straight La Liga championship. But Real Madrid was in contention. Any slip, and the title could slip away as well.

Luis Suarez would not let that happen.

The Uruguayan ensured himself both the La Liga title and the league’s top scorer as he bagged a hat-trick to earn Barcelona the silverware and give him 40 goals on the league season.

Real Madrid scored early in its match against Deportivo La Coruna, leaving things tense for five or ten minutes, but Suarez first struck with a tap-in off a Jordi Alba cross in the 22nd minute to relieve the pressure. He hit again with a header off a Dani Alves ball in before halftime as the league leaders hit the cruise control, and he put a cherry on top in the 86th minute with Neymar grabbing the assist.

Madrid, meanwhile, cruised themselves to a 2-0 win on a pair from Cristiano Ronaldo (who could have had more but hit the post on a hat-trick), but with Barcelona in control coming into the day, Suarez and company take home the silverware.

Madrid now has a four-year La Liga title drought, the first time in 22 years that has happened, dating back to when Barcelona won four straight from 1990-1994. Meanwhile, Suarez becomes the first non-Messi/Ronaldo top-scorer in the league since 2009 when Diego Forlan topped the charts.