Messi gives Guardiola emotional farewell

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Updated: May 6, 2012

Lionel Messi scored four goals to take his La Liga tally to 50 this season as Barcelona hammered Espanyol 4-0 on Saturday in an emotional last game at the Nou Camp for outgoing coach Pep Guardiola.

After notching his fourth from the spot, a record 72nd goal in all competitions this season, the World Player of the Year ran to the touchline and hugged Guardiola while the rest of the squad gathered to join them in a huddle.

Second-placed Barca have 90 points with one match left, seven behind champions Real Madrid who won 2-1 at Granada with a weakened side.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a penalty, his 45th goal in the league this season, and Granada’s David Cortes put through his own net at the end to leave Real on course for a record 100 La Liga points.