In football, Lionel Messi is considered as one of the two most นักเตะ ค่าตัวแพง players of the current generation. And, to confirm his status as one of the best, he led Barcelona to the La Liga title for the 26th time. Messi came off the bench to score the lone goal against Levante that sealed Barcelona’s 8th league title in the past 11 years much to the jubilation of the crowded Camp Nou.
Ernesto Valverde had rested Messi and Sergio Busquets to keep them fresh for the return leg of the champions league against Liverpool. However, the coach had to seek Messi’s services in the second half after Philipe Coutinho failed to convert several chances on goal, ending the first half in a goalless draw. Coutinho came off for the five-time ballon dor winner in the second half.
Messi did disappoint and once again proved why he is considered the best. He only needed fifteen minutes on the pitch to core his 34th goal of the season in 32 appearances. He added to his tally of 33 goals and 13 assists playing a role in more than half of Barcelona’s 86 goals in the season.
The Catalunya coach, Ernesto Valverde said that the Argentinian forward was willing to come on and play, and he was sure he was going to bring Messi on but also thought of the champions league semi-final at Anfield. He added that Messi loves to stay active, and he usually scores goals wherever he plays and that he won Barcelona the La Liga title.
Over 90000 Camp Nou loyalists echoed ‘champions,’ and the home players, high on nerves, seemed to lose a little bit of concentration. This almost gave Levante an equalizer, but Barcelona held on to the narrow lead. In a post-match interview, Valverde said that Levante turned Barcelona upside down with the team’s nerves piling up. Levantes few chances hit the crossbar and made them believe they could get the point with Barcelona unable to finish off the game. Luckily, his team was lucky to walk away with the win.
With this recent success of claiming this season’s Spanish league, Messi is now the first football player to win ten La Liga titles with the Catalunya. He is also the third player in the world to lift domestic titles ten times with the same club.
Messi joined in on a lap of honor with his teammates, hoisting the trophy up high in jubilation. Messi managed to win the title with three games to go, managing 83 point which was nine points more than second-placed rivals, Atletico Madrid.
Barcelona was looking to win the third treble in ten years, but they were only left with a domestic double bid after being knocked out of the champions league by English side Liverpool. Barcelona now shifts their focus to the Copa del Rey final on 25th may when they play Valencia.
With Messi set to play in the Copa del Rey final, it will not be a surprise if Barcelona wins that title too.