The Argentine star, Lionel Messi, won the Spanish league’s top scorer for the seventh time, which is a record number, after he scored two goals in Barcelona’s 5-0 victory over Alavis in the last round, Sunday.
Barcelona ended the season in second place with 82 points, 5 points behind Real Madrid, who drew 2-2 with Leganes, on Sunday, while Alaves occupies 16th place and has 39 points.
The young striker Anso Fati gave Barcelona the lead in the first half after he hit the visiting team 3 times in the goal, and Messi strengthened his partner in the offensive line Luis Suarez to outpace Barcelona before the break.
Defender Nelson Semedo scored a fourth goal early in the second half, before Messi shook the net again, hitting his 25th goal in the league this season, 4 goals ahead of his opponent, Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.
Messi, who won the top scorer for the fourth consecutive season, broke the number of the late Telmo Zarra , the former Athletic Bilbao striker, who won the title 6 times, in 1945, 1946, 1947, 1950, 1951 and 1953, but the Argentine star said he would have liked to have won the Spanish League title.
Messi said: “Individual prizes are a secondary thing. Winning the top scorer 7 times is an important achievement, but I liked to come with the league title.”
The Barcelona captain made the headlines last Thursday, after an angry interview he gave after Barcelona lost 2-1 to Osasuna, during which he described his team as weak and wobbly, as he seemed to criticize the way the club is run.
But he was in better shape after a strong performance against Alaves, saying the team felt more confident before hosting Napoli in the second leg of the Champions League round sixteen, after a 1-1 away draw.
“Today we saw something different, it was a difficult match because of the situation we are going through as well as its era in this hot weather, but the reaction of the team was different, and we showed a great commitment.
He continued: “We looked at ourselves from the inside and this is something we needed. We did not offer a good season in terms of performance or results, but today we have taken a step forward. It is an important step towards what is to come.”