Soccer season in Spain league drew to a close on Sunday, and a familiar face stood atop the heap. Real Madrid Manager Jose Mourinho built a team that steamrolled its way toward a record 32nd La Liga title.
Real Madrid steamrolled through the competition with an unholy mix of grit, power and skill. It set records for most wins (32), points (100) and goals (121) in a single, 38-game season. The ever-boastful Mourinho was delighted setting new benchmarks at the historic club, according to ESPN.
“As the best club in football history, Real Madrid try to win all the titles,” Mourinho said. “This team has made history as the one that secured 100 points and these players are the ones who made that possible.
“We have grown as a team and as a group of people. We have set impressive records and won the most important title. It has been a great season. It would be impossible to improve on our numbers.”
Cristiano Ronaldo led the way for the Spanish giant. He scored 46 goals, bettering the league record he set last season by six. Although he failed to win the coveted “Pichici” award (scoring title) — because Lionel Messi netted 50 — he still broke new ground. He set a new club mark by scoring 60 goals in all competitions. He also became the first player in La Liga history to score against all 19 opponents in a single campaign. The Portuguese superstar had one of the finest seasons in world soccer history, and is undoubtedly ecstatic at becoming a champion in Spain for the first time.
His compatriot in the dugout, Mourinho, has now won seven league championships in the four different countries in which he has managed. He won two each while in charge of FC Porto, Chelsea FC and Inter Milan. But the “Special One” holds the 2011-12 La Liga crown in high regard because Real Madrid was pushed to greatness by a FC Barcelona team that was awesome in its own right.
“I won the league title in Portugal, Italy and England, but this one has been the toughest,” Sky Sports reports Mourinho told RealMadridTV. “I’ve won seven league titles overall and I know what it feels like.
“Barcelona won all their games, as befits the great team that they are. They’ve been winning to the very last day. They are a club with great tradition that knows we deserved to win this title.”
At the end of the season, the Portuguese pair propelled Real Madrid nine points clear of its eternal rival. They can afford to brag and enjoy the smallest bit of rest. Preseason training starts in less than two months, and the Spanish champion will face another stiff challenge for supremacy.