Barcelona should cherish special La Liga title win, says Lionel Messi

Having Messi and Suarez up top doesn't hurt either, and now they're looking even more risky than before with Coutinho getting more consistent minutes.

Barcelona are La Liga champions once again following Sunday's 4-2 victory away to league strugglers Deportivo la Coruna.

As a result, Zidane previously said Madrid would not give Barcelona one if they were crowned champions before their El Clasico meeting but Alba believes it is only fair that the champions are given a guard of honor because they both compete in the league, unlike the Club World Cup.

Monday's parade also served as a farewell for iconic midfielder Iniesta ahead of his departure for the Chinese Super League.

Deportivo had to win to stave off relegation for another week, but Clarence Seedorf's men were denied an equaliser when Perez was flagged offside after tapping in from close range.

It also completed a domestic double after the Copa del Rey success last weekend but the impact of Barca's shock Champions League loss to Roma continues to linger.

A superb move which saw Ousmane Dembele find Coutinho, allowed the Brazilian to send a delicious effort into the top left hand corner of the goal and notch his third league goal of the season.

Earlier on Sunday, Kevin Gameiro scored a second-half penalty just seven minutes after Fernando Torres had missed a spot-kick as Atletico Madrid claimed a 1-0 win at Alaves.

As arch-rivals Real Madrid continue their bid for a record-extending 13th Champions League title, Barca fans are left pondering what might have been had their turbulent season gone differently. The 33-year-old will leave the club he first joined at the age of 12 at the end of the season. "For me it would be two great seasons, theirs and ours".

"When we've made history we've always had our fans by our side and tomorrow can't be any different".

"They are really indescribable sensations on a personal level and as an athlete when you receive so much affection from people".

Barca only needed a draw to seal their seventh title in the past 10 years and they made a ideal start when record signing Philippe Coutinho scored with a stylish finish before Messi doubled the lead by volleying home a Luis Suarez cross.

"It was a very special league for everyone because we didn't lose any matches", Messi said. "We had some tough moments and we overcame them without losing and that's incredible".

  • Gwendolyn Kim