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Barcelona celebrate on the streets

Madrid – Barcelona celebrated their 22nd Spanish league title with a noisy parade through the streets of the Catalan capital.

Around 500,000 fans lined the streets of Barcelona late Monday to see Lionel Messi and company parade past on a blue-and-red painted bus.

Barcelona's players celebrate on a bus during their victory parade on the streets of Barcelona. Credit: REUTERS

Barca clinched the title Saturday when second-placed Real Madrid were held 1-1 at Espanyol, a result which left them seven points behind Barca with just two games left.

Messi and company then extends this lead to 10 points by beating third-placed Atletico Madrid Sunday. However, Messi aggravated his hamstring injury in that win and will probably not play in Barca's remaining matches.

Without Messi – who is league top scorer with 46 goals – Barca will be trying to win their last three games in order to equal the record of 100 points in a season established a year ago by Real Madrid. – Sapa-dpa

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