The La Liga season is over and Atletico Madrid are the champions after a draw against Barcelona in a winner takes all kind of final day scenario. Barca not doing what they’re supposed to despite taking the lead made a lot of people happy, making fun of the team and posting plenty of memes taking shots at Lionel Messi, not scoring again against Atletico.
Oh wait… Messi did score, but the referee decided it was an offside. Well, in all honesty, it was an impossible decision to get right, and to clearly see the ball didn’t touch a Barcelona player before reaching Messi. Maybe it hurts the myth of referees always being in favor of Barcelona, but it didn’t create the usual [email protected]#$ storm we’d see if Barcelona had won the title on a goal that should have been disallowed.
Atletico Madrid managed to avoid defeat against Barcelona six times in one season: Twice in the Supercoppa, twice in the Champions League and twice in the La Liga. Barcelona had the lead with a fantastic Alexis Sanchez goal but played badly for most of the minutes after that, and it was hard to feel a great deal of injustice as Atletico Madrid players were celebrating while close to 100,000 at the Camp Nou were applauding them for a historic season.
Diego Simeone for now is on top of the world, and maybe will still be there after the Champions League final. Tata Martino is gone from Barcelona in what is considered by them a disastrous season. Lionel Messi gets panned for “only” scoring 40 goals throughout this year, maybe taking it a little bit easier because of the World Cup. In a world that’s only about black & white, you don’t expect people in the spotlight to be treated any differently.