VALENCIA, SPAIN - MAY 11: players of Barcelona celebrate after the La Liga match between Levante UD and Barcelona at Ciutat de Valencia on May 11, 2011 in Valencia, Spain. The match ended 1-1. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
The day after winning…wait, let me rephrase that, clinching the championship in Levante, Valencia. For reasons unknown to the casual Culé, Mr. Waka Waka aka Gerard "Piquenbauer" Pique (seriously, how many nicknames does he have?) felt inclined to make the preliminary highlight of the season unnecessary thrilling. While Shehryar and I have different opinions on this matter, I tend to agree with Gabriel and Lorenzo on last night’s championship – I don’t feel particularly ecstatic.
Even teasing my Madridista friends (yeah, I’m kind of childish in that way) isn’t as much fun as it used to be. Last season was a ton of fun; Real Madrid just spent a quarter of a billion Euro (250.000.000 big ones) to end the season empty-handed. Perhaps it was the failure in the UEFA Champions League that made me enjoy the league title even more. Between now and the Champions League final are two weeks of….nothing particular interesting football-wise.
Lionel Messi will probably not win the Pichichi since it can be assumed that Pep Guardiola will rest him for the Champions League final against Manchester United. I can’t say I’m too thrilled about that either because it looks like Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo will receive Golden Boot as Europe’s best marksman. Not that I begrudge Ronaldo the trophy (umm….that’s not exactly the truth, maybe a little) but he will win it because Messi dropped out of the race.
I’ll admit that I’m one greedy fan, but hey, it’s play to win, right? I hate being on the losing side of things, losing makes me lose my sleep. I do try to implement Jack Welch’s business principle "be either no. 1 or no. 2 in your respective market" into my own life (personal and professional). Hence, I am reasonably unsatisfied that FC Barcelona cannot repeat the treble.
In any event, FC Barcelona will have won La Liga for the third year in a row, the first team to do so since the original dream team back in the early 90’s. Although Johan Cruyff’s squad have accumulated four La Liga trophies, reached the Champions League final twice but could only muster one victory (Barca’s maiden cup), the current squad can replace the original Dream Team as FC Barcelona’s best ever team.
While Pep says the Cruyff’s team are the trailblazers (it helps when you captained the side, too) his team (the one he manages) will be universally lauded as the best Blaugrana team ever if they can overcome Manchester United in this year’s Champions League final, in Wembley out of all venues.
For now, the La Liga triumph must suffice to unnerve my Madridista friends ;) If FC Barcelona win yet another Champions League trophy I will board a plane to Madrid and take pictures of me in a Barcelona jersey at the Santiago Bernabeu…on second thought, that would be a very dangerous undertaking. Well, Barcelona it will be.
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