The second treble gained by Barcelona following their winning over Juventus is undoubtedly worth of big celebration. Barcelona’s jubilant treble-winning superstars left Berlin for Catalonia this morning with the Champions League trophy in tow. Departing legend Xavi, and manager Luis Enrique led the celebrations for the history makers.
It was party time in Catalonia on Sunday afternoon. One day after their Champions League final win over Juventus in Berlin, Barcelona returned home to show off the trophy to their adoring fans, who lined the streets in their honor. On their return from Berlin, Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta carried the large, elephant-eared trophy down the steps from Barcelona’s chartered plane at El Prat airport.
Lionel Messi, Xavi and team-mates were in good spirits on board an open-top bus, chanting with fans and taking photos.
Thousands of Barcelona’s fans flocked to the city centre on Sunday to celebrate with their team a day after it won its fifth European Cup and completed a historic treble of titles. Having already won the Spanish league and Copa del Rey trophies, Barcelona became the first team to complete a sweep of the Champions League and its two main domestic competitions in the same season on two separate occasions, they first achieved the rare feat in 2009.
Festivities ran through the night as thousands of Barcelona fans gathered near the city’s main square after the team’s 3-1 victory over Juventus. Lionel Messi and the rest of Barcelona’s talented team were then whisked to an open-top bus, which paraded them through the Catalan capital.
The three trophies won this season sat on the top of the bus with the players and coaching staff, who ate pizza before setting off on the slow trip through the city under the late afternoon sun. On Saturday, Barcelona beat Juventus on goals from Ivan Rakitic, Luis Suarez and Neymar, with Alvaro Morata scoring from the Italian champions.
Barcelona, which last year failed to win a major title for the first time in six seasons, has returned to the summit of European football under first-year coach Luis Enrique. It has now won Europe’s top-tier competition four times in the past decade.
“The truth is to be here again is something incredible,” Messi said to the crowd gathered at Camp Nou. “After a tough season last year that cost us a lot, to rebound and get back here again is something spectacular. We have to enjoy this, but I don’t have any doubts that this group will continue to win because it has the desire and motivation to continue doing so.”
Meanwhile, Barca chiefs wasted no time in looking to the future after the game, moving to sign Sevilla midfielder Aleix Vidal on Sunday.