By Chukwuka Joseph (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Real Madrid dethroned Barcelona as Spanish league champion on Thursday when it clinched its record 34th Liga trophy. Madrid secured the title with one round to go after it beat Villarreal 2-1 and Barcelona lost 2-1 to 10-man Osasuna.
The loss of the title marks the low point in a difficult season for Barcelona. Rocked by disputes inside its board and between its squad and sports director, the Catalan club was unable to surround Lionel Messi with a winning combination.
Messi wasted little time in voicing his frustration after the humiliating loss to Osasuna, his team’s first loss at Camp Nou since November 2018. “I said it some time ago, that playing like this we had no chance of winning the Champions League, and it turns out we didn’t even have enough to win la Liga,” Messi said.
Barcelona must regroup for its Champions League game against Napoli on Aug. 9 — the round-of-16 contest delicately poised after a 1-1 draw in the first leg in Italy — to advance to the “bubble” knockout tournament in Lisbon.