Lionel Messi came off the bench last night to score the only goal against Levante which gave Barcelona’s 26th La Liga title on Saturday.

And by winning the title, Messi made another history by becoming Barcelona’s first player to win 10 league titles.


The Argentine’s first title at Camp Nou came in 2005 when he was 17 years old and he was also a fringe player when he collected his second La Liga medal a year later.


However, Messi has been the talisman behind Barca’s last eight triumphs, which the players celebrated by wearing T-shirts with the slogan ‘Eight out of 11, the extraordinary seems normal’.

Before Messi came of age and inspired a side coached by Pep Guardiola to the 2009 crown, Real Madrid had 31 titles while Barca had 18.

Messi came off the substitute bench last night to score his 597th La Liga goal to secure the title against Levante.

Barca now have 26 league trophy, closing to within seven of Real Madrid’s record 33.

“Messi is the centre of all our successes,” Barca coach Ernesto Valverde told reporters at Camp Nou.

“It’s obvious that while he has been at Barca, the club have won a glut of trophies and league titles.

“If I had to give a name above anyone else it has to be his. He marks our style and his competitive drive pushes everyone else forward.”