In what was an emotional night for all affiliated with Paris Saint-Germain, our title celebrations consisted of goodbyes to some of our senior pros. Mr Underrated Maxwell and Nicolas Douchez look to have played their last game for the club. Gregory Van der Wiel’s departure was confirmed as his contract comes to an end. And of course Zlatan Ibrahimovic who was given a heroes send off by his adoring public.
To put the icing on the cake he netted a brace in the 4-0 win over Nantes which shattered Carlo Bianchi’s four decade record of 37 Ligue 1 goals in a solitary season. Ibra pipped the great Argentine to make it 38 with a header in the 89th minute to the sheer jubilation of the Parc des Princes. It was just written in the stars wasn’t it?
The night well and truly belonged to the big man. The greatest ever player in the history of the club was given a guard of honour, a minute’s applause in the 10th minute and a standing ovation as he departed the pitch in stoppage time with his two sons. It almost brought the veteran to tears along with those in Parisian blue.
It’s the end of an era. The completion a four-year cycle where he has played a monumental role in us winning 11 major honours since 2012.
He was made skipper for the night and as no surprise, was given the honour of lifting the Hexagoal trophy aloft in yet another spectacular celebration at the Parc. They are becoming a common occurrence these days! Our sixth league title overall and fourth on the trot.
Lucas Moura and Marquinhos netted the other two goals, during the game with Ibra involved in the build-up for both.
In the end, this team has made yet more history – more significant than ever! Finishing the season with 96 points, just four shy of a century and a staggering 31 more ahead of second placed Lyon.
And! There is one more game to go. The Coupe de France Final next weekend against Marseille. The classique! The team are on the cusp of a back-to-back domestic quadruple which would be an unprecedented achievement. Something that has never been done in one of Europe’s top leagues.
Ibra has one more game to go in blue and red! Can he top it off in style as he did last night? Who would bet against it…seriously?