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Campeones 32 Times

posted 3 May 2012, 15:48 by Sportech Nz   [ updated 3 May 2012, 15:50 ]
Real Madrid 32 Times Champions

Campeones! Campeones! Real Madrid are champions of Spain for the 32nd time in the club’s illustrious history. Los Blancos clinched the title with a commanding 3-0 victory over Marcelo Bielsa's young and talented Athletic Bilbao.

Scorers on the night were Gonzalo Higuain, Mezut Ozil, and Cristiano Ronaldo (again). This is Ronaldo’s 44th La Liga goal of the season, with two more games to play.

It seems remarkable that this is a first league title for Mezut Ozil.

The fantastic result for Real Madrid overshadowed Lionel Messi’s amazing record set the night before.

Messi scored got his ninth hat trick of the season in Barcelona's 4-1 win over Malaga, to take his season tally to 68 goals. This broke the 39-year record of 67 goals Gerd Mueller playing for Bayern Munich in 1972-73.

Messi can yet add to his 68 goal tally. He has two La Liga games and the Spanish Cup Final to play. The Copa del Rey between Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao will be played on the 25 May 2012.

The three goals gives Messi 46 La Liga goals for the season and he is now well placed to finish La Liga’s top scorer, although Ronaldo probably has other ideas with 44 goals.  Leo Messi became the first player in over 80 years to score 45+ league goals in one season in one of Europe's top leagues. Everton's Dixie Dean was the last to do it in 1931-32, netting 45 goals.

Messi has made breaking records his part-time hobby this season.

He became only the third player to win the Ballon d'Or three times, he is now the joint top scorer in a single European Cup season with 14 goals, he became the first player to score five goals in a single game in the Champions League era, he is the youngest player to reach 150 La Liga goals, he has surpassed Cristiano Ronaldo's haul of 40 goals in one La Liga season, he became Barca's all-time top marksman in official games, and of course there is his tally of 68 competitive goals and counting which took him past Muller. All of those records were achieved in the first five months of 2012.

But despite his numerous records and goals, there are still countless major milestones that he has yet to shatter, milestones that, many would argue, the 24-year-old has to reach before he can be considered the greatest footballer ever.