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Messi emerges La Liga prime goalscorer for seventh time

Lionel Messi completed as prime goalscorer in Spanish La Liga for a file seventh time after netting twice as dethroned champions FC Barcelona went on a scoring spree on Sunday.

They ended their disappointing 2019/2020 marketing campaign on a excessive with a powerful 5-Zero win at Alaves.

Barca completed the season second within the standings on 82 factors, 5 factors behind newly-crowned champions Actual Madrid who drew 2-2 at Leganes in a while Sunday.

Alaves got here 16th on 39.

Teenage ahead Ansu Fati put Barca in entrance halfway by way of the primary half after the guests hit the woodwork thrice.

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Messi and strike companion Luis Suarez additional stretched their facet’s lead earlier than half-time.

Defender Nelson Semedo hit the fourth early within the second half earlier than Messi struck once more, to finish the marketing campaign on 25 league objectives.

The Argentina captain had 4 extra objectives than second prime scorer Karim Benzema of Actual Madrid.

Messi, who additionally completed as prime marksman for a fourth consecutive season, eclipsed the benchmark he beforehand shared with the late Telmo Zarra.

However he mentioned he would have fairly have received the league.

“Particular person prizes and targets are secondary. It’s an vital achievement to win it seven instances, however I’d have favored it to have been accompanied by the La Liga title,” Messi mentioned.

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Barca’s captain had made headlines on Thursday following his offended post-match interview after the 2-1 loss to Osasuna, blasting the crew as weak and inconsistent.

He additionally appeared to criticise the working of the membership.

However he was in a happier temper after the dominant efficiency in opposition to Alaves.

He mentioned the crew felt extra assured forward of subsequent month’s UEFA Champions League final 16 second leg recreation with Napoli, which they host with the rating tied at 1-1.

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“At this time we noticed one thing else. It was a troublesome recreation as a result of state of affairs we have been in and the kick-off time and warmth.

“However the crew responded with a distinct angle and confirmed nice dedication,” Messi added.

“We took an extended onerous take a look at ourselves from the within, which is what we wanted to do. We have now not had season when it comes to performances or outcomes, however right this moment we took a step ahead.

“It’s an vital step for what’s coming subsequent.”

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