Messi was particularly lethal from set pieces this season. AFP / MIGUEL RIOPA
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Fittingly, it was a hat-trick by Lionel Messi that helped Barcelona secure their 25th Spanish league title. The playmaker has always been key for Barcelona.More than ever, Messi was the team's commander on the field, dominant both as a playmaker and as a goal scorer.The move allowed Messi to float across the attack and the midfield more freely and made him even more dangerous.With his hat-trick in the 4-2 win at Deportivo La Coruna Sunday, Messi reached league 32 goals, eight more than Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo, his closest contender in the race for top scorer. With four matches left for Barca, he has nine more goals than teammate Luis Suarez.The three goals Sunday let Messi take the lead in the Golden Boot race, surpassing the 31 goals scored by Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah in the Premier League.
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