It was meant to be a party last night at the Nou Camp and a party it was! Pep Guardiola was given a farewell tribute by his adoring fans in style against Espanyol in the local derby game between these two great clubs.
The scoreline ended on 4-0 to Barca and Leo got himself into the record books again. The little Argentine fired two more goals in last night taking his overall tally for the season including league games to an amazing 72 games!
He broke Scotsman Archie Stark’s record, who put away 70 goals for US side Bethlehem Steel in the 1924/25 season. Simply awesome, simply Leo!
Messi has now scored 14 hat-tricks as well and is now top scorer with 50 goals in the league. It looks like the golden boot is Messi’s this year! Arch rival Cristiano Ronaldo also hit a personal record last night when they beat Granada 1-2 away. He scored his 300th career goal from the penalty spot against a decent Granada side who I thought had the edge over the merengues until they turned on the style in the second half.
It was all quite moving with messi running to Guardiola after the fourth goal and embracing Pep Guardiola. It was the Argentine’s special message to Pep who has taken him under his wing for the last four years.
Many Barca fans held signs and banners with messages written on them in Spanish, Catalan and English. They all said the same thing too: “Thanks, Pep.” It was quite an awesome site to see 90,000 Barca fans, many of which, were holding aloft their messages for Guardiola who, is perhaps the greatest coach this magnificent club has ever seen.
After the match, Guardiola took centre stage and spoke to his adoring fans:
“Life has given me this gift during the past five years of being able to live with these players and enjoy this spectacle,” Guardiola said. “I have been the privileged one, to feel so loved and admired during all these years. Many thanks to all, above all to those who I have worked with every day.” “Know that I will miss you all,” Guardiola told the crowd. “But I am leaving you all in the good hands of these players.”
After his speech, the coach was lifted into air by his team and they danced around in circles before giving him a “guard of honor” tribute as he left the field.
What a gentleman and what a way to end 4 unbelievable years at what has come to be known as the best club in the world.
Watch the video of Guardiola’s farewell at the Nou Camp last night