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Barcelona

 By Lee Roden

Barcelona success in La Liga down to secret hero Rafel Pol

The ESPN FC crew react to Barcelona's La Liga title win following their 1-0 victory at Atletico Madrid last Sunday.

Comparing Barcelona's squad from the 1-0 win that clinched the league title on May 17 to the list of names from their fatal 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid on the same date last year tells a story.

On the day that the Catalans conceded the 2013-14 La Liga title, their first-choice keeper Victor Valdes wasn't even in the country, opting to travel to Germany to carry out his recovery from a cruciate ligament injury that ended his season in March.

Jordi Alba managed to make the bench but didn't play,...

Newly crowned La Liga champions Barcelona lead Power Rankings

The ESPN FC crew discuss the latest power rankings which see Barcelona and Juventus on top, as Chelsea slide down the list following their 3-0 loss to West Brom.
ESPN FC's Sid Lowe discusses Barcelona's sixth La Liga title in 10 years, citing the early season struggles allowed Luis Enrique's side to band together.

As Europe's domestic seasons draw near a close, titles are being handed out thick and fast. Now adorning the Liga crown, it's no surprise that Barcelona once again tops Shaka Hislop's Power Rankings.

1. Barcelona (no change)

Twelve months ago, Barcelona were forced to watch Atletico Madrid celebrate their La Liga title at the Camp Nou on the final day of the season. Sunday, the Catalans returned the favour as their 1-0 win at the Vicente Calderon ensured the Liga trophy would return to Barcelona.

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 By Lee Roden

Xavi departs Barcelona after playing big part in return to top

Barcelona legend Xavi has described his final run of games with the Catalan giants as a 'spectacular script' and has vowed to enjoy his last few games.
ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno believes an end-of-season departure from Barcelona is the right move for Xavi Hernandez and could see him get a big payday.

Barcelona supporters have had plenty of time to get used to the idea of losing Xavi Hernandez, but that doesn't make it any more pleasant now that the hour has arrived. In truth the midfield genius has already been generous with his time: he was already due to leave in the summer of 2014, before an 11th hour intervention from former teammate Luis Enrique convinced him to backtrack. The Catalan's change of heart proved to be a valuable one for the Blaugrana: He may not have played every game as...

Bartra's Barcelona future in doubt after not getting enough game time

Lionel Messi guided Barcelona to a 1-0 victory at Atletico Madrid as the Blaugrana captured their 23rd La Liga title.
Marc Bartra, left, has had his buyout clause reduced from €50 million to just €10 million.

Marc Bartra is, without a doubt, one of the most promising centre-backs in world football. Despite not having enjoyed as much playing time as he usually would have hoped for, the 24-year-old has been part of Barcelona's first team squad since he made his debut back in 2009, learning his trade alongside world-class defenders such as Carles Puyol or Eric Abidal.

Bartra made a significant 30 appearances last season under Gerardo Martino, in what was one of the few positive aspects that could be extracted...

Lionel Messi has taken his game to a new level for Barcelona this season

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno discusses the elements that led to FC Barcelona's season turnaround, which culminated in the Catalan side securing the league title.
Lionel Messi guided Barcelona to a 1-0 victory at Atletico Madrid as the Blaugrana captured their 23rd La Liga title.
Barcelona fans have gathered on the streets of Catalonia to celebrate their side's La Liga title win.

The wait is over! With a well-fought 1-0 victory against Atletico Madrid on Sunday, Barcelona clinched the Liga title with a game to spare. In what was the only fitting way to seal a remarkable campaign, Lionel Messi netted yet another decisive goal when the Catalans needed it the most.

Undoubtedly, the Argentine maestro has been the key to Barcelona's success this season. After over a decade of brilliance, Cules have simply run out of words describe La Pulga's greatness, as proved by Javier Mascherano...

Enrique deserves credit at Barca, and Man United to blame for De Gea unrest

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno discusses the elements that led to FC Barcelona's season turnaround, which culminated in the Catalan side securing the league title.

In the end, there was less drama than anticipated. Barcelona's trip to the Calderon to seal the title with Sunday's 1-0 win felt a bit like stamping a time card: routine, dull and a necessary step on the way to the title. Exactly a year earlier, it was Atletico winning the title in Barca's house; now it was the other way around.

Luis Enrique, who had won absolutely nothing as a manager before Sunday, is on the verge of winning the treble (La Liga, Champions League and Copa del Rey) in his debut...