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PSG clinched record-breaking Ligue 1 title

PSG clinched record-breaking Ligue 1 title

Paris Saint-Germain have clinched a record-breaking 11th Ligue 1 title after drawing 1-1 at Strasbourg on Saturday. The result moves PSG four points clear of second-place Lens with one game left to play. The Parisians moved ahead of the previous record of 10 titles set by Saint-Etienne in 1981. This title win is their third in a row and their eighth in the last nine seasons. 

“This afternoon I watched the last day of the season in the Bundesliga and you can see that it is very difficult to win the league, any league,” PSG coach Christophe Galtier said. “The reigning champions in all European leagues have often had problems this season, so we appreciate what this means. It is a title and we must not believe it is normal to win, even if we are Paris Saint-Germain.” Get the latest sports news and more here at Onlinebetnow

Lionel Messi, set up by Kylian Mbappe, gave PSG an early lead in front in Strasbourg in the 59th minute before ex-PSG striker Kevin Gameiro equalized with 11 minutes left. However, the draw is still enough to put PSG four points above Lens, who beat AC Ajaccio 3-0 to secure second place. PSG’s title win is their fourth in a row and their fifth in the last six seasons. Meanwhile, Strasbourg are safe from relegation now.

The Argentine World Cup Messi also set a new record in the match against Strasbourg. Messi scored the opening goal of the match, which was his 496th career league goal in Europe. This broke Cristiano Ronaldo’s record for the most league goals in Europe’s top five leagues. Messi’s goal was a fitting way for him to celebrate his first Ligue 1 title. 

PSG’s road to the title was not always easy. The club started the season slowly and was even in danger of losing their first game of the season against Stade Brestois. They also lost six of their first 17 league games in 2023 and were eliminated from the Champions League in the last 16 by Bayern Munich and in the French Cup at the same stage. However, PSG quickly found their form and won their next 11 games in a row.

PSG’s title win is a major achievement for the club, which has been under the ownership of Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) since 2011. It is PSG’s ninth title in the last 11 seasons under Qatari ownership. The club has now won more Ligue 1 titles than any other team in history, and it is well-positioned to continue its success in the years to come.

“This is of course an historic moment for Paris Saint-Germain. This 11th French league title is the reward for all the hard work we have put in over the last 12 years. To make Ligue 1 history and overtake Saint-Etienne is a real source of pride,” PSG President Nasser Al Khelaifi said. “We are now looking forward to celebrating this title next Saturday at the Parc des Princes when we face Clermont.”