The celebrations for Barcelona’s first title in four years got underway as soon as the final whistle ended the club’s 4-2 victory over Espanyol on Sunday. They lasted less than three minutes.
As the players formed a spontaneous sardana – a carousel of interlinking players and coaching staff in the centre circle – some embittered Espanyol fans, with relegation looming over their club, hurdled the hoardings to charge at the squad of their city rivals.
“It’s a pity, but it’s football, it’s life,” Barcelona’s captain Sergio Busquets sighed. “What matters now is to celebrate, to be happy.”
Here’s how Busquets and anyone else associated with Barcelona celebrated the 2022/23 title triumph.
After Barcelona‘s players spotted the first wave of pitch invaders – which included a representative for the conservative People’s Party in May’s local elections – they quickly scuttled to the relative safety of the tunnel.
Once the freshly crowned league champions had been ushered into the dressing room, they were swiftly joined by club president Joan Laporta. Never one to shirk the spotlight when the players have achieved success despite the club’s chronic mismanagement, Laporta was bundled into the changing room like a fleshy, tailored bowling ball.
Presumably with a bag of rice on standby in the event of water-logging, Ronald Araujo took to social media to livestream the scenes from the dressing room. The Uruguayan’s former teammate Lionel Messi joined the watching public on Instagram which certainly caught Araujo’s attention.
Messi’s shadow hung over all the celebrations. In April, 90min revealed that the club are ‘leaving no stone unturned’ in their efforts to bring Barcelona’s all-time record scorer back to Catalonia. Once he had towelled off, Laporta