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A 20th league title and 99 points = history. After one of the most glorious chapters of modern football in the 2008/09 season, that of Barça's first treble, Pep Guardiola's side had another magnificent campaign in 2009/10. It seemed that few things could be improved from the previous season, but the Catalans showed that they hadn't yet reached their ceiling, winning the second title in a row with a record of points total in the competition: 99.
Barça and Real Madrid, with 96 and 95 points respectively, reached the last day of the season in a race for one of the tightest league titles in the history of the competition. Both sides didn't have an easy last match either, quite the contrary. Manuel Pellegrini's outfit faced a Málaga side who needed to score to ensure they stayed up, while Pep Guardiola's team played against a Valladolid side who were just as desperate for the points as the Andalusians. At the end of those games, Málaga survived but Valladolid dropped into the Segunda.
Four goals to secure the title
With a stadium full of culés who hoped to celebrate the twentieth league, Barça earned the three sweetest points of the season. A double from Leo Messi, a goal by Pedro and an own goal from Valladolid were enough to overcome the team coached by Javier Clemente. That Sunday, May 16, Barça became league champions for the second consecutive season, and the thorn of being eliminated from the Champions League in the semifinal against Inter Milan was removed a little more than fifteen days later.
Barça's 99 points underscored an almost perfect campaign, the team having only lost once in the entire domestic season, in addition to scoring 98 goals and having the best defensive record in the league.
A decade full of successes
With the twentieth championship in its history, the league of 99 points would end up going down in Barça history as Guardiola's second title and the first of a magical decade for the club, in which six more would end up arriving, including part of the second Barça treble in the 2014/15 season, with Luis Enrique as coach.
On this day ten years ago, the streets of Barcelona were bursting with joy as culés celebrated a new title. They will surely do so again in the near future.
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