Vitoria Justice (Spain) (Reuters) - Lionel Messi won the title of top scorer in La Liga for the seventh time, a record number, after he scored two goals in Barcelona's landslide 5-0 victory over hosts Alaves in the last round on Sunday. </p><div><div data-swiftype-name="body" data-swiftype-type="text"><p>Barcelona finished second in the season with 82 points, five points behind Real Madrid, who won 2-2 with Leganes on Sunday. Alaves is 16th and has 39 points.
The young striker Anso Fatee gave Barcelona the lead in the first half after he hit the visiting team three times in the goal, and Messi and his partner in the offensive line Luis Suarez reinforced Barcelona’s superiority before the break.
Defender Nelson Simedo scored a fourth goal early in the second half before Messi struck again, hitting his 25th goal in the league this season, four more than Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.
Messi, who won the top scorer for the fourth consecutive season, broke the number of the late Telmo Zara who won the title six times, but the Argentine star said he would have liked to win the Spanish League title.
“Individual prizes are a secondary thing,” Messi said. Winning the top scorer award seven 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 fluctuating, and 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, and after a 1-1 away draw away.
Messi added, “Today we saw something different, it was a difficult match because of the situation we are going through in addition to setting it up in this hot weather, but the reaction of the team was different and we showed a great commitment.
“We looked at ourselves from the inside, and that’s 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. ”