The 2007/08 season in Spanish football came to an end yesterday as the last matchday of La Liga was played.

FC Barcelona wrapped up their disappointing year with an away victory against Murcia (5-3) and finally only managed the third spot on the league table, behind Real Madrid and Villarreal. The Catalan team’s performance was better in the cup competitions -they reached the semi-finals of the Champions League and the King’s Cup- but overall Barça were clearly not up to the fans’ expectations. After leading the team to winning two league titles and one Champions League in five years, Dutch coach Frank Rijkaard will leave and Pep Guardiola, one of the most important players in Barça’s history, will take over.

Leo Messi’s season had ups and downs and was hindered by two important muscle injuries, due to which Lionel could only play 37 games in total in the three competitions (League, Champions League and King’s Cup). The Argentinian forward scored 16 goals, finishing as the team’s second best scorer behind Thierry Henry (18), and proved to be Barça’s most proficient player when it comes to setting up goals with 14 assists. Following the end of Barça’s season, Leo will probably play for Argentina in the summer Olympic Games in Beijing, although this has not been confirmed yet.