FCBarcelona players celebrate league in Barcelona streets
Thousands celebrate the success in Iniesta’s final celebration before leaving team
Thousands of FCBarcelona supporters took to the streets on Monday evening to celebrate the club’s 25th Spanish league, confirmed on Sunday after the match at A Coruña against Deportivo. Barça has won seven out of the ten leagues played in a season in which they also lifted the Spanish Copa del Rey title for a record-breaking fourth time in a row. Yet they were knocked out in the Champions League quarterfinals facing AS Roma, something that made their successes in the other two competitions bittersweet for many fans.
All players were parading on Monday evening on a bus in a four-kilometer route throughout the Catalan capital’s streets, but one stood out among others: Andrés Iniesta. It was the last time he would celebrate a title with Barça in the city’s streets –at least as a player, and he was by far the most cheered player.
Iniesta announced in tears last week that he was leaving the club after 22 seasons playing for the team. “It’s a decision I have given a lot of time and thought to on a personal level and with the family,” he began. “There’s no need for people to say they want me to stay. I have always made it clear to the club I wanted to control my ‘stages’ in life and to be as honest as possible with myself and the Club. It’s the main reason towards understanding that my time here is at an end," he added.
Unique league title
This latest title, as it stands, is even more impressive than any before it. That’s because Barça’s has yet to lose a single game this season, with the win against Deportivo extending this season’s league unbeaten start to 35 games, now putting its overall La Liga undefeated streak at a record-extending 41 games, dating back to last season. It is three games to go, with the next one being against Real Madrid. Should Barça lose none of the three last matches of the season, it will be the first time that any teams achieves this record in the whole Spanish league history.