Lionel Messi hits 25-goal mark as five-star Barcelona thrash Alavés

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Lionel Messi scored twice for Barcelona as they ended their La Liga campaign with a resounding 5-0 win at Alavés, easing the pain of their midweek home defeat to Osasuna.

Ansu Fati, the teenage forward, put Barça in front midway through the first half after the visitors had already hit the woodwork three times. Messi rounded the keeper to make it two and Luis Suárez added a third before half-time, against opponents who had secured top-flight survival on Thursday by beating Real Betis.

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