Thousands of elated Barcelona fans poured into the Catalan capital’s La Rambla boulevard on Sunday to celebrate the club’s 27th LaLiga title after Xavi Hernandez’s men defeated Espanyol 4-2.
Armed with flares, singing and chanting, they gathered around the Canaletes Fountain, where supporters of the Catalan giants traditionally gather to celebrate big titles.
Barcelona were last champions of Spain in the 2018-19 season when they had club greats Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez spearheading their attack.
Yet as the club fell into a deep financial crisis, both had to leave and the team’s fortunes declined.
Yet Coach Xavi Hernandez guided them back to the summit less than two years after he returned to the club to replace Ronald Koeman in November 2021 and said wrapping up the title was crucial for their future.
After a glorious run from 2005-19 when the club won four Champions League titles and 10 LaLiga championships, Barcelona have reached the semis of Europe’s elite club competition just once since lifting the title in 2014-15.
This season, however, they have enjoyed an outstanding domestic campaign, having beaten bitter rivals Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup final and won LaLiga with four games to spare.