Messi at the helm again as Barcelona wins another soccer title

Ernesto Valverde

Ernesto Valverde

According to captain Sergio Ramos, the players have been told they will NOT give Barcelona a guard of honour at the Camp Nou, despite it being the respectful thing to do.

It has been tradition in La Liga for the winners to get a guard of honour from their opponents before matches, but Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane has said his side will not provide one in El Clasico next Sunday, live on Sky Sports.

Sunday's triumph marked the 25th La Liga championship win in Barcelona's team history and was the Catalan team's seventh league title in the past 10 seasons.

Barcelona notably gave Real Madrid a guard of honor in 2008 but recently refused to give one following Zinedine Zidane's side's win in the Club World Cup in December past year. We will not give Barcelona a guard of honour next weekend.

The parade also serves as a farewell for veteran playmaker Andres Iniesta, who last week announced he will not return for a 17th season with the club.

Ramos also believes winning the Champions League would top Barcelona's domestic double, with Ernesto Valverde's side having also won the Copa del Rey.

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"They want to enjoy their title and the same for us and ours, we need to eliminate the Germans and to reach another final."

"Barcelona have completed a great season and won two titles", added the Spanish skipper, who called for Madrid's fans to help his side to complete their task at hand tomorrow night.

Messi's low point came in Barcelona's elimination by Roma in the Champions League quarterfinals after it had won the first leg at home 4-1.

Even though they would win 10 of their next 11 games, they had left it too late to catch Real Madrid.

"We deplore what happened in the Champions League, it prevented him from going out with a treble, but he's leaving in an impressive fashion. Roma was a hard moment, but it should not erase what we have achieved in the last week". "Valverde deserves this more than anyone".

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