Bayern Munich clinch the Bundesliga title with seven games left
Published 26/03/2014 | 02:30
Bayern Munich clinched the Bundesliga title in record time – they still have seven games left in the campaign – by beating Hertha Berlin 3-1 thanks to goals from Toni Kroos, Mario Goetze and Franck Ribery .
Last season's treble winners claimed their 23rd Bundesliga crown with a 10th straight away victory, stretching their winning streak to a staggering 19 consecutive games and their unbeaten run to 52 league matches – all Bundesliga records.
"I am satisfied that we did it," said Spanish coach Pep Guardiola. "A game earlier or later does not matter."
Bayern have an unassailable 25-point lead over second-placed Borussia Dortmund, who were runners-up last season. Guardiola celebrated with his players on the pitch.
"After the success of last season we continued to be very focused and we managed to win the league even earlier than last year. We have a concentration and a momentum right now which is unusual," he said.
Elsewhere, Lionel Messi is poised to become the world's highest-paid player as Barcelona look to ensure his long-term future is secure at the Nou Camp before he heads off to play for Argentina in the World Cup.
Messi wants to be paid more than Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United's Wayne Rooney and is thought to be demanding a basic wage in excess of €400,000 a week, while also keeping all his image rights.