Barcelona win their 7th La Liga title in 10 years
Barcelona took an early advantage last night when Philippe Coutinho scored in the first seven minutes. Lionel Messi doubled the lead with a smart volley from Luis Suarez. But it was superstar Messi who stole the show with his two goals in the final ten minutes of the match.
Messi’s 82nd-minute goal sealed the 2017/2018 La Liga title for Barcelona, which served to be a stunning finale for midfielder Andres Iniesta who is leaving the club this summer. Messi and Iniesta share 18 titles between them. Iniesta received a standing ovation from both sets of fans as he won his 32nd trophy with the club.
Messi shared some words on the departure of Iniesta, he said;
“It’s a shame, like when Xavi or [Javier] Mascherano left, symbolic players for the club – This year it was up to Andres. [It is] a pity for us and for the club.”
“He leaves in the best way, although we regret that it wasn’t with the Champions League and a treble.
“It is a double that he more than deserves. I am very happy for him and we wish him the best.”
Barcelona are now just four games away from going the whole season unbeaten, something that has never been done before. Moreover, Messi set yet another La Liga record last night by being the first player to score over 30 goals in 7 different La Liga seasons.
Messi has been involved in more than 50% of Barcelona’s 87 La Liga goals this season and has his eye on the Golden Shoe. Lionel Messi has overtaken Mohamed Salah, while Cristiano Ronaldo’s chances have been decreased. Messi’s tally now equates to 64 points in the European Golden Shoe ranking.
Messi spoke to the press following the victory.
“Very happy, winning this league brings great joy,” he said.
“We know how tough it is to win La Liga. That’s why we have to value it and celebrate it properly with all our people.
“It was a very special title for all of us because we are yet to lose any matches. We have had difficult moments and we overcame them without knowing the feeling of defeat and that is incredible.
“We were very superior to our rivals and we lost almost no matches [in all competitions], only one in the Copa del Rey and unfortunately the one in Rome, where we had a very unexpected result.”