By JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi scored four times to take his season tally to an unprecedented 72 goals and give Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola a 4-0 win over crosstown rival Espanyol in his last home game at Camp Nou on Saturday.
Messi's scoring display was a fitting farewell for the coach who helped the Argentina forward become the world's best player and forged Barcelona into one of the best teams to have played soccer.
After scoring his Spanish league-record 50th goal, Messi went to the sideline to embrace Guardiola, who is leaving after 13 titles in four seasons.
The only other player to have scored 70 goals in a first-division season was Archie Stark of Bethlehem Steel in the American Soccer League in 1924-25.
Real Madrid, which clinched the league title in the last round, won 2-1 at Granada thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo's 45th league goal and David Cortes' own goal in stoppage time.
"Life has given me this gift during the past five years of being able to live with these players and enjoy this spectacle," Guardiola told the packed stands following his 97th win in 118 home games.
"I have been the privileged one, to feel so loved and admired during all these years. Many thanks to all, above all to those who I have worked with every day."
Guardiola will coach Barcelona's last league game at Real Betis before having a chance at a 14th piece of silverware in the Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao. Guardiola's assistant Tito Vilanova will then take over.
In Granada, Madrid fell behind early after Franco Jara robbed Marcelo of the ball, charged up the field and shot under the legs of Madrid goalkeeper Adan Garrido, playing in place of Iker Casillas.
But Ronaldo converted a penalty in the 82nd and Cortes turned a cross into his own goal three minutes into injury time.
Madrid has 97 points and can set a league record with 100 points with a win over Mallorca in the final round.
Elsewhere, Valencia beat Villarreal 1-0 to clinch third place for the third straight season and automatically qualify for next season's Champions league.
Atletico Madrid beat fourth-place Malaga 2-1, giving it a shot at overtaking the Costa del Sol club in the final round and claiming Spain's last Champions League playoff spot.
The race to avoid the drop could not be tighter after Zaragoza downed the already-relegated Racing Santander 2-1 and Sporting Gijon beat Betis 1-0. Second-to-last place Sporting has 37 points. Zaragoza and Rayo Vallecano both have 40, while Villarreal has 41 and Granada 42.
WEMBLEY, England (AP) — Four goals in four FA Cup finals, and now four winners' medals for Didier Drogba.
Cementing his status as Chelsea's player for the big occasions, Drogba clinched a 2-1 victory over Liverpool on Saturday to prove his enduring value to the team at the age of 34.
"He is my hero," midfielder Frank Lampard said. "No striker I have ever played with has scored so many important goals in finals."
In fact, no player has ever scored in as many FA Cup finals as Drogba.
"That's the reason why I came here, to win trophies and to make history with the club," said Drogba, who joined Chelsea in 2004. "The result is great for us, for the fans, for the club. Our fourth FA Cup final, fourth win, fourth trophy."
But it could be his last FA Cup as the Ivorian's contract expires at the end of the season.
"He's not 65. He's a top professional," Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo said when asked about Drogba's future.
Drogba scored his eighth goal in eight games at Wembley in the 52nd minute of the 131st final of the competition, with Chelsea already leading through Ramires' deflected 11th-minute strike.
Drogba slotted the ball through defender Martin Skrtel's legs and into the net after being fed by Lampard as a lethargic Liverpool posed little threat.
That was until Liverpool substitute Andy Carroll breathed life back into the game when he pulled one back in the 64th after teasing his way around Chelsea captain John Terry.
Chelsea had to survive a late, intense Liverpool onslaught, with Carroll believing he had equalized when a close-range header was swatted away on the goal line via the crossbar by goalkeeper Petr Cech.