It was party time in Barcelona, Lisbon and Istanbul over the weekend.
Barcelona and their fans celebrated the club’s 24th domestic league crown. For Benfica it was their 35th title while Besiktas took their league title tally to 14.
Luis Enrique’s Barcelona went into their final game of the campaign at Granada with a one point advantage over arch rivals Real Madrid.
But they made no mistake on the day as Luis Suarez hit a fine hat trick in a 3-0 victory to secure all the points which secured them a second straight title and a sixth in eight years.
Barcelona ended their La Liga season by popping the champagne corks and with a parade around the Catalan capital in an open-top bus with thousands of their delirious fans lining the streets to catch a glimpse of their heros.
There were similar scenes flooding out of the Portuguese capital Lisbon after Benfica won a third straight league title by defeating Nacional 4-1 in Sunday’s final round of matches.
That victory was the club’s 13th straight and it secured them the title by two points over crosstown rivals Sporting Lisbon, who were hunting a first crown since 2002.
Rui Vitória’s men also set a new league record with 88 points from 34 matches.
Benfica fans celebrating in their masses after securing their third consecutive league title yesterday. pic.twitter.com/x7SYdMMZYQ— thepunterspage.com (@ThePuntersPage) May 16, 2016
In Turkey Besiktas ended their seven-year title drought in the penultimate game of the season when they beat Osmanlispor at their new Vodafone Arena.
The win kept Senol Gunes’ side six points clear of Fenerbahce with one game remaining.
Cue the celebrations.
The club’s black-and-white colours swept through the streets of the capital soon after.
Besiktas last won the domestic title in 2009 and next season will be mixing it up with Europe’s big boys having directly qualified for the Champions League.
Up and Down
Well of course Luis Suárez has made our list.
His hat-trick at the weekend allowed him to win his battle with Cristiano Ronaldo to end the season as the La Liga’s top scorer with 40 goals – 14 of which came from his final five games.
It will also land him his 2nd Golden Shoe award
Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuaín also ended with a flurry of goals that left him as the Serie A’s most prolific scorer.
A hat-trick of goals against Frosinone moved him to 36 for the campaign which broke the previous top mark for the season set by Gunnar Nordahl in the 1949/50 season.
He came as a king and left like a legend – Zlatan Ibrahimović‘s own words, but few could argue with that.
The Sweden international marked his final game for Paris Saint Germain with a brace against Nantes.
Those two goals left him with a new club record 38 league goals for the season.
With the major leagues all wrapped up, there are now just the Cup finals to go.
Next weekend is chockablock full of big clashes across Europe.
Here you have our predictions for those games.
We might be right, often we’re not so why not have a go yourselves through social media using #TheCornerScores.
Here are our predictions:
FA Cup: Crystal Palace 1-3 Manchester United
Copa del Rey: Barcelona 4-2 Sevilla
Coppa Italia: Milan 1-4 Juventus
DFB Cup: Bayern Munich 2-1 Borussia Dortmund
Coupe de France: Paris Saint-Germain 3-0 Marseille
Barcelona players would have likely celebrated their recent success with plenty of bottles of champagne.
For our bloopers this week here’s a fourth official who, clearly, had too much of the fizzy stuff before a Czech first division match.
With these images, we say goodbye and see you next Monday when we’ll see who celebrated Cup success. (Check out video above)
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