Barcelona celebrate La Liga title victory with bus parade

The recently crowned champions of Spain were in festive mood with an open-air bus attracting plenty of their fans on the way to Camp Nou
Barcelona have celebrated their La Liga title victory with an open-air bus parade through the Catalan city with thousands of supporters turning up to congratulate their heroes.

Pep Guardiola's men secured their 21st domestic league title on Wednesday evening, following the 1-1 draw away at Levante.

The team enjoyed a meal together before boarding the bus for a tour around Barcelona that lasted a total of 90 minutes, finishing at Camp Nou.

Barcelona players, along with coach Guardiola, trainers and medical staff, were on the specially modified bus which was covered with images of the team with the words 'Campions' (champions) written on it.

Yellow banners draped over the bus with the phrase "Llorca al nostro cor" (Lorca in our hearts) displayed. The banners were a message of support to the city in Murcia where a devastating earthquake killed nine people on Wednesday.

The party continued in the stadium where captain Carles Puyol and Xavi ran around the pitch holding the Catalan flag while the giant screens broadcast images of the club's memorable 5-0 victory over rivals Real Madrid back in November.

Supporters in Camp Nou cheered as every player's name was called one by one with Eric Abidal's name in particular earning a massive cheer.

The players were given the opportunity to say a few words to the fans with midfield maestro Xavi declaring: "There is no point thinking about others because Barcelona are the best team in the world."

Goalkeeper Victor Valdes was also keen to give praise to the side by saying: "If anyone wonders why we are here, it's because we are the best."

After musical celebrations, the supporters present were treated to a real party atmosphere in the stadium with a firework display while the team made a circle in the centre of the pitch.

The Catalan giants will be back at Camp Nou on Sunday where they entertain Deportivo. The club will then be looking to complete the double when they contest the Champions League final against Manchester United on May 28.

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