The European football season drew to a close this weekend and several Argentina players had reason to cheer. Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano celebrated another Spanish league title with Barcelona, Paulo Dybala ended a remarkable first season with champions Juventus and Gonzalo Higuaín set a new Serie A record with his sensational goal scoring feats.
Higuaín has had his critics with the national side after high-profile misses in the World Cup final and at the Copa América but Pipita has proved himself one of Europe’s best strikers with a devastating season in Naples. The 28-year-old fired himself into the Serie A record books with a hat-trick against Frosinone that confirmed Napoli’s second-placed finish.
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The 19-minute treble capped by a glorious overhead kick saw Higuaín beat Gunnar Nordahl’s 66-year-old scoring record. 36 goals in this season is an unbelievable feat and will see Higuaín on the plane to the United States and this summer’s Copa América in the form of his career.
Juventus had already clinched a fifth consecutive Serie A title but wrapped up another successful campaign with a 5-0 win over Sampdoria. The Bianconeri’s season began terribly and the loss of Carlos Tevez looked critical but since November Massimiliano Allegri’s side have been imperious.
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A large factor in that has been the form of Paulo Dybala and the 22-year-old added another two goals to his season tally in Saturday’s victory. Juve paid Palermo big money for Dybala but the €32 million now looks like a bargain after a debut season in Turin that yielded 23 goals and 9 assists.
In Spain, Barcelona sealed another La Liga title with a 3-0 win over Granada and although Luis Suárez proved to be the match winner with a pichichi confirming hat-trick, the trophy was an eighth league win for Lionel Messi.
It was a fourth league triumph for Javier Mascherano and the two Argentines will forever be etched in the famous club’s history.