x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Barcelona retain championship in style

Barcelona saw off the challenge of Real Madrid to win the Primera Division title with a 4-0 victory over Real Valladolid.

Barcelona have retained the Primera Division title with a 4-0 victory over Real Valladolid - their 20th league title. Lionel Messi scored twice in the second half, following Luis Prieto's own goal and a goal from Pedro before half-time. Barcelona finished its campaign with a record Spanish league tally of 99 points from 38 games. Messi's goals took his league tally to 34 this season, equalling the club record set by Brazil's Ronaldo in 1996-97. Real Madrid drew 1-1 at Malaga to finish three points behind Barcelona. It is the second straight season that Madrid has failed to win a major trophy.

* Agencies