MADRID: Lionel Messi, an Argentine soccer phenomenon was undoubtedly the influential force that helped the Barcelona wrap its 23rd Spanish soccer La Liga title sinking the only goal away match against Atletico de Madrid on Sunday at Vicente Calderon stadium.
27-year-old footballer found the cord in the 65th minute of a magnificent blend with Pedro Rodriguez – mathematically assuring Barca the title which also made him bag a total of 54 goals this season, 51 against La Liga opponents.
In the mean time, Atletico suffered its second at his home during the championship and its first in the last 14 Liga battles. The team must acquire at least a tie in Granada in its last match to be the ‘third’ in the ongoing season.
Trained by Luis Enrique, the squad that secured the top position in La Liga with one game still to go can now zero in on the Champions League and Copa del Rey finals as it tries for all three titles.
“I think of everyone who has formed part of the club from the start of the season, and above all our fans,” said Luis Enrique.
“This is our chance to make our fans happy, nothing more. It’s time to celebrate. Whether this is the start of a winning era, that’s just a cliche. We have two more finals now, and we will see. If we do win them it will be because our players will demonstrate they are the better side,” he added.
Following their victory, Diego Simeone, Atletico’s coach praised Barcelona and tagged them as ‘true champions’ stating that their success was ‘absolutely deserved’.
Simeone did not skip to mention about the ‘brilliance’ of Messi in the win congratulating him for his truly deserved status.
The fight was seen before a full house of approximately 54,000 fans.
(With Agency Inputs)