Hat-trick hero Suarez leads Barca to title glory

Sat May 14, 2016 2:51pm EDT
 
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By Richard Martin

BARCELONA, (Reuters) - A ravenous Luis Suarez bagged a third hat-trick in five games as defending champions Barcelona won 3-0 at Granada to clinch their 24th La Liga title on Saturday.

The Uruguayan converted Jordi Alba's low pass in the 22nd minute to give Barca the lead. He then headed in Dani Alves' cross in the 38th before tapping Neymar's pass into an empty net in the 86th.

"We were on top of the table for many weeks and the most consistent team wins the title," coach Luis Enrique told a news conference.

"We will celebrate this, we enjoy our team and the style in which they play. We must value each title win because it is worth a lot."

Suarez finished the season as La Liga's top scorer with 40 goals, breaking Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's grip on the honor since 2009.

Barca ended with 91 points, one ahead of Real Madrid who won 2-0 at Deportivo La Coruna.

Ronaldo scored twice for Real before being substituted at halftime, finishing the campaign with 35 goals.

Gerard Pique came close to giving Barca an early lead when his header was tipped away by goalkeeper Andres Fernandez who also saved well from Messi.   Continued...

 
Football Soccer - Granada v Barcelona - Spanish Liga BBVA - Los Carmenes stadium, Granada, Spain - 14/05/16 Barcelona's Luis Suarez (L) celebrates his third goal with team mate Neymar.  REUTERS/Marcelo Del Pozo