Review of Top European Leagues

Spain: This season’s Spanish La Liga was all about two players: Messi and Ronaldo. The two were must see TV every weekend and scored goals by the bunches. Lionel Messi ended up with 50 La Liga goals and Cristiano Ronaldo netted 46. Ronaldo will represent Portugal this summer at Euro 2012 and his team got the last laugh in the league table. Real Madrid won the league by nine points to finally get over the hump since they bought Ronaldo and Kaka in the summer of 2009. Valencia finished in third place, but ended up 30 points behind Barcelona. Malaga used their new money effectively to finish fourth and will take part in next season’s Champions League. Villarreal finished 18th and will be relegated. Very disappointing for a club who was in the Champions League earlier this year.

Italy: Juventus won Serie A in historic fashion by going undefeated in the regular season. Juventus won 23 games and drew 15 of their matches. AC Milan battled all year at the top of the table, but finished four points behind Juventus. Serie A leading scorcer and AC Milan striker Zlatan Imbrahimovic, 28 goals, now turns his attention to anchoring Sweden in Group D at Euro 2012. Udinese lost Alexis Sanchez to Barcelona last summer, but finished in third to gain the last Champions League spot. Italian international Antonio Di Natale scored 23 goals for Udinese. Inter Milan finished a disappointing sixth place, and won’t be competing in the Champions League or Europa League next term.

Germany: It felt like Bayern Munich would dominate the Bundesliga after a strong start to the season. However, Borussia Dortmund recovered and defended their title. Dortmund finished eight points ahead of Bayern Munich. Polish International Robert Lewandowski scored 22 goals this season for Borussia Dortmund, as they captured the Bundesliga and the German Cup. Host country Poland will count on Lewandowski’s goal scoring next month. Schalke 04 and Borussia Monchengladbach captured the other two Champions League spots. Bayern Munich has the opportunity for a trophy as they play Chelsea in the Champions League Final on Saturday.

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