Lionel Messi lifted the La Liga trophy on his own after Barcelona beat Levante

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Barcelona are La Liga champions for a second year running after they clinched the title against Levante on Friday night.

Lionel Messi - who else? - grabbed the only goal of the game having come on as a half-time substitute with the scores level at 0-0.

Barca struggled to create clear-cut chances without their star man, but when the Argentine replaced Philippe Coutinho it was only a matter of time.

In the 61st minute, Messi received a pass from Arturo Vidal, cut inside on his left foot and stroked the ball into the bottom corner.

Levante's goalkeeper probably should have done better, but there were two defenders in front of him and his vision may have been impaired.

Barcelona haven't faced much competition this season and if they win their three remaining games they'll finish on 92 points.

Atletico Madrid look set to finish second, while Real Madrid should claim third following a tough campaign without Cristiano Ronaldo.

But the season belongs to Messi, who has almost single-handedly fired Barca to the title with 34 goals and 13 assists in La Liga.

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His closest challengers for the Pichichi Trophy are Luis Suarez and Karim Benzema (both 21), which just shows how dominant he's been.

Barcelona would be nowhere without the 31-year-old and that was made very apparent as they were crowned champions.

Strangely, Messi lifted the La Liga trophy on his own at the Camp Nou while his teammates were stood 20 yards away, not even really paying attention to what was going on.

How bizarre - maybe Barcelona will lift the trophy as a team on the last day of the season against Eibar.

Winning La Liga is something most of the players have gotten used to, though, so perhaps they're just not that bothered anymore.

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