Real Madrid grabs La Liga for 34th time, Messi wins the Pichichi, breaks Xavi's assist record
What an end for La Liga this year! After 39 days of tight competition, Real Madrid clinched the league for a record 34th time, leaving their arch-rival Barcelona 5 points behind.
Zidane's team overwhelmed Villareal by a 2-1 margin, whereas Barcelona lost the battle against CA Osasuna by the same margin. At the point of resumption of the season, Barcelona was holding the first spot with 58 points, followed by Real Madrid, with 56 points.
When the league recommenced, Barcelona players lost their confidence, either drawn or lost easy matches. After the post-COVID-19 break, Blaugrana has drawn against Sevilla, Celta Vigo, and Atletico Madrid. Even in the must-win situation, Messi's team conceded against CA Osasuna. Though Barcelona has ended the season on the right foot, squashing Deportivo Alaves in a 5-0 win.
Real Madrid, on the other hand, had a disastrous pre-season, accompanied by an array of injured players on the bench. Asensio, Hazard remained out of the square for the lion's share of the season. Before the lockdown, RM lost the top spot after drawing against Celta Vigo and conceding to Levante. Meanwhile, Manchester City ravaged the Los Blancos' UCL dream in their home turf.
So many bad omens. But still, Zizou didn't lose his mind. He single-handedly picked up the pieces and started to pave the way for the 34th League title. Real Madrid hasn't lost a single match since the resumption of lockdown. This majestic feat pushed Barca from the top spot and ensured a tight 4 point lead.
Karim Benzema has scored 20 goals, just behind Messi's 25 goal tally.
The club president Florentino Perez said, "This is the league of the fight against adversities. It's the most difficult one there will ever be," at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano.
Lionel Messi ensured the prestigious Pichichi trophy with 25 goals this season, including a record-breaking assists tally of 21. The previous record was held by Xavi, with a total of 20 assists in the 2008-09 season. Though the league has ended, the next season is at a spitting distance. Yes! La Liga for season 2020-21 is going to commence from September 12th.
The next stop for these top two teams is UEFA Champions League, starting from August 8th, where RM is going to face Manchester City. Barcelona on just the next day battle against Napoli.