FC Barcelona crushed Santos 4-0 on Sunday to become world club champions for 2011. The margin of Barcelona’s victory is the biggest this competition has seen since Penarol defeated Benfica 5-0 in 1961. The Catalan win also tips the balance back in favor of Europe in this tournament who now lead South America by 26 victories to 25.
For their part, Barcelona’s newest title is yet another accolade to bestow on what many are calling the best club side in history. Indeed, since Guardiola took over, Barcelona have conquered 13 of the 16 trophies that they have competed for, making Pep the most successful coach in the club’s history. In 2011 alone, the team has now won five major trophies: the Club World Cup, the Liga title, the Champions League, the Spanish SuperCup and the European SuperCup.
At an individual level, Barcelona fielded 11 homegrown players in the final match against Santos. One of those players, Cesc Fabregas, has now won more awards in a single season with Barcelona than he did in his entire career in England with Arsenal. And Lionel Messi has become the first player in team history to both score and assist in six different competitions in a single season.
Personally, I’m now out of adjectives.
Stats: @2010MisterChip, @barcastuff & @infostradalive