Ramos: No Real Madrid guard of honour for champions Barcelona

Ramos: No Real Madrid guard of honour for champions Barcelona

Fittingly, it was a hat trick by Lionel Messi that helped Barcelona secure its 25th Spanish league title.

His 30th goal of the campaign arrived on 38 minutes when Luis Suarez crossed to the far post and Messi was in prime position to volley home to give Barca a 2-0 lead after Philippe Coutinho had scored an early opener. "Leo spoke with Andres, someone with who he has an extraordinarily good relationship and who understood perfectly when he explained it to him".

Barcelona failed on their attempt to win the Treble when they were eliminated by Roma in the quarterfinals of the Champions League, leaving them nothing to play for in their final four games of the season. 'Barca have the title, which is what they wanted, but there will be no guard of honour - full stop'. Smells a bit sour to us... "We have managed an nearly flawless league campaign, without losing so far".

Guillem Balague has revealed why Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi was not at Andres Iniesta's press conference where the Spaniard announced his exit from his childhood club after 22 years with many of his teammates in attendance.

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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.

Deportivo were causing Barca plenty of problems at the back, though, and centre-back Fabian Schaer should have levelled as he headed over when unmarked inside the six-yard box.

"It's a shame for us and the club, but he deserved to go like that", said Messi.

As competition from Madrid (against both Real and Atletico) began to falter, Barcelona remained focused on the way forward and consolidated their position at the top by maintaining their winning form.

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