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FC Barcelona News: 14 May 2012; 2011-2012 La Liga Season Ends, Villarreal and Sporting Gijón Relegated

Messi has finished the season as the Pichichi and Golden Boot winner.
Messi has finished the season as the Pichichi and Golden Boot winner.

Record breaking ‘Pichichi’ and ‘Golden Boot’ | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi just keeps on breaking records. Now he has established a new record for both the ‘Pichichi’ (top scorer in La Liga) and the ‘Golden Boot’, beating Cristiano Ronaldo’s record of 41 La Liga goals in the 2010/11 season, and Dudu Georgescu’s 47 goals for Dynamo Bucharest in the 1976/77 season.

Messi, La Liga's highest scorer, has won Barça's eleventh Pichichi Award | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi closed out his La Liga campaign with 4 goals over Cristiano Ronaldo and 27 goals over Falcão, second and third, respectively. This is the player’s second Pichichi Award. This first time the Argentine won the trophy was in the 2009/10 season, when he scored 34 goals in 35 matches.

The Zamora Trophy belongs to Valdés | FC Barcelona
"I’m excited about winning this fifth Zamora trophy and equalling Ramallets. He’s a reference point for me in goal". Although Victor Valdés has always given priority to collective prizes rather than individual honours, his achievement this season of winning a fourth consecutive Zamora trophy is a source of great pride as it puts him up alongside one of the all-time greats, Antoni Ramallets.

Kings Cup the Final Objective | FC Barcelona
The Cup Final against Athletic Club Bilbao in the Vicente Calderón on the 25th of May is now Barça’s main objective as the players work hard in training to reach the big day in the best possible conditions. Following Saturday’s match against Betis in the Benito Villamarín, the players will now enjoy a two-day break before returning to training on Tuesday.

Zubizarreta: Barcelona have not received offers for Pique or Dani Alves -
"We do not have any players who are available for a transfer, and we have not received any bids for Pique or Dani Alves," Zubizarreta stated to Televisio de Catalunya. "Ever since I've started in this position, I have received four offers at most for our players."

Eleven defeats in four years | FC Barcelona
An unbeatable record! Josep Guardiola, who took charge of his last league match as first team manager on Saturday (2-2), has established an astonishing record of just 11 La Liga defeats, 116 wins and 47 draws in 152 matches played during his four-year period in charge.

Jose Mourinho delighted with record-breaking Real Madrid - ESPN Soccernet
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho was delighted after his La Liga winning team made history on Sunday by becoming the first side to record 100 points or more in a single season as they finished their brilliant domestic campaign with a 4-1 home win over Mallorca.

Malaga secure Champions League berth - Yahoo! Eurosport
Salomon Rondon scored the goal that secured big-spending Malaga fourth place in La Liga and a first shot at the Champions League with a 1-0 home win over relegated Sporting Gijon.Malaga climbed to 58 points, ahead of Atletico Madrid and Levante who finished fifth and sixth respectively to secure entry to the Europa League.

Ruud van Nistelrooy announces retirement -
Ruud van Nistelrooy has announced his decision to hang up his boots this summer after opting not to renew his contract with Malaga. The former Netherlands international had an expiring deal with the Andalusian side, and will not ink a new contract as he feels the time has come to end his active career.

Villarreal, Sporting relegated - Yahoo! Eurosport
Villarreal, the club which finished fourth in La Liga last season, were relegated to the second tier along with Sporting Gijon on a dramatic final day of the season in Spain. The 2006 Champions League semi-finalists lost 1-0 at home to Atletico Madrid with Radamel Falcao's goal, with just two minutes of normal time remaining, condemning them to life in the Segunda Division for the first time in a decade.

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