What’s been going on in LaLiga this past week? Here are all the top stories from around Spanish football, from a coaching change to Messi’s latest record.
Wins for the top four
In an unusual weekend by this season’s standards, each of the top four won in LaLiga Santander this weekend. Leaders Atletico de Madrid won at Granada CF, while Barcelona, Real Madrid and Sevilla FC each picked up home wins against D. Alaves, Valencia CF and SD Huesca respectively.
Pellegrini’s happy return to Villarreal
Manuel Pellegrini took his Real Betis side to the Estadio de la Cerámica this weekend, returning to the ground where he was Villarreal coach between 2004 and 2009. The Chilean ended the night happy after watching Betis – one of LaLiga’s form teams in 2021 – beat the Yellow Submarine 2-1 to close in on the European qualification spots.
Yet another record for Messi
Just when you thought Leo Messi had run out of records, he goes and reaches another. This weekend the Argentine master tied Xavi Hernandez’s all-time record of 505 LaLiga matches for Barcelona, putting him on the brink of setting a new record himself. He also marked the occasion by scoring a brace against Alaves, taking his tally for the season so far to 15.
This season marks the 90th anniversary of Spain’s domestic football league, making LaLiga’s birthday extra special this year. The first ever league matches in Spain took place on February 10th, 1929, with last Wednesday marking the anniversary of that occasion. Many events were held around the world to celebrate the event.