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Sport: Lionel Messi calls Barcelona 'weak' after Real Madrid win La Liga title

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Barcelona captain and superstar Lionel Messi lashed out at his team after Thursday's results saw rivals Real Madrid win their first La Liga title since 2017.

a man in a blue shirt: Lionel Messi was harshly critical of his Barca squad after their rivals Real Madrid notched their first La Liga title since 2017 on Thursday. © SIPA USA Lionel Messi was harshly critical of his Barca squad after their rivals Real Madrid notched their first La Liga title since 2017 on Thursday.

Barcelona's shocking 2-1 defeat to Osasuna coupled with Real's 2-1 victory over Villarreal dropped Barca to seven points beneath the champions with one match remaining on the domestic calendar.

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Per ESPN's Sam Marsden, Messi was brutally honest about his club after the loss amid rumors that he could leave the Spanish giants when the summer transfer window opens.

"We didn't expect or want it to end in this way, but it's a reflection of our season. [We've been] an inconsistent, weak team that has been beaten in intensity and enthusiasm. It has been easy to score goals against us.

"Madrid did what they had to do. They haven't lost a game since the restart, which deserves credit, but we have helped them by dropping points we should not have dropped."We must be self-critical, starting with the players, but across the whole club. Madrid won all their games but we are Barcelona and we're obliged to win every game. We have to look at ourselves, not the opposition, and the performances in recent games have left a lot to be desired."

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  Madrid moves closer to Spanish title with 7th straight win MADRID (AP) Sergio Ramos scored his fifth goal since the season resumed as Real Madrid beat Athletic Bilbao 1-0 on Sunday to move closer to its first Spanish league title in three years. Ramos converted a 73rd-minute penalty kick to give Madrid its seventh straight league victory and open a seven-point lead over second-place Barcelona, which visits fifth-place Villarreal later Sunday.“These three points are very important, we knew this was going to be one of the difficult matches we had left,” Ramos said. “This was a key victory to try to put some pressure on Barcelona. We only depend on ourselves.

While Real Madrid won 10 consecutive matches following the restart of the season suspended in March because of the coronavirus pandemic, Barcelona dropped points on four occasions from June through July 15 and lost a two-point advantage they held when leagues around the world halted play. 

Barcelona must get past Napoli on Aug. 8 to qualify for the quarterfinals of the Champions League. The two sides played to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the round of 16 showdown back in February. 

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a man wearing a blue shirt: One of the biggest and most shocking soccer stories of the 2010s occurred roughly six weeks before the end of the decade when Tottenham Hotspur sacked manager Mauricio Pochettino on Nov. 19. Less than 24 hours after Spurs officially announced Pochettino’s exit, the club appointed none other than Jose Mourinho as his successor. That story ties to this piece because “The Special One,” one of the most successful managers in the history of modern football, worked with a plethora of the best players of the past 10 years.Inevitably, legendary and elite male and female players were snubbed from this list because only so many slots exist. One could easily produce a solid starting XI using groupings of footballers from the 2010s who didn’t make the cut here. No one article, supporter or observer can answer the sport’s most discussed question from the decade, a topic the footballing community will debate long after this generation of stars hangs their boots up for good:Messi or Ronaldo?

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© Supplied by Sports.fr Football romantics would have liked to see Cruyff on the podium, but how can we hide what Messi has been doing at FC Barcelona for 15 years? Decades from now, young football fans looking at his stats will see an anomaly, a player capable of scoring between 30 and 50 goals each season, or so. If he won everything with great Barça, there is something that clearly separates Messi from the top two in the standings: his virgin record in the national team.

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