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Barca babies revel as daddies lift La Liga trophy!

Last updated on: May 20, 2013 12:36 IST

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Barcelona's football stars had their families and toddlers join in their La Liga title celebrations at the Camp Nou in Barcelona on Sunday.

The champions moved a step closer to matching Real Madrid's La Liga record of 100 points with a 2-1 win over Real Valladolid, that was the prelude to a title party at the Nou Camp on Sunday.

Tito Vilanova's side wrapped up their fourth league crown in five years last weekend, but still have the chance to equal the mark set by Jose Mourinho's victorious side last season.

"We are pleased with the win. We are playing with the motivation of trying to reach 100 points which would be something important," Pedro told Spanish broadcaster Canal Plus.



Image: Lionel Messi and his son Thiago sits next to teammate Cesc Fabregas and his infant daughter Lia during the trophy presentation ceremony at the Camp Nou on Sunday
Photographs: Albert Gea/Reuters

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Goalkeeper Victor Valdes, who has said he wants to leave the Nou Camp, was back in the side after a foot injury and made his 500th official appearance for the club.

Captain Puyol collected the La Liga tophy on the pitch after the game, but gave it to France defender Eric Abidal and Vilanova to jointly lift and present to the fans, while they were showered with red and blue pieces of paper.

Messi and Fabregas were seen playing with their babies after the trophy ceremony even as the other players celebrated in their own style.


Image: Messi kisses his son Thiago at the presentation ceremony on Sunday
Photographs: Albert Gea/Reuters

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Barca midfielder Andres Iniesta was accompanied by his wife Ana Ortiz and daughter Valerie at the presentation.

"It's been a hard year. We've won La Liga but the most important thing is that Tito and Abi are with us," Puyol told fans speaking through a microphone on the pitch.

Vilanova and Abidal have both been fighting battles against cancer over the last year.

Rayo Vallecano stayed in the hunt for a Europa League place with a 3-2 win at Levante that put them eighth with 49 points.

Image: Barcelona's Andres Iniesta with his daughter Valeria during La Liga title celebrations at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on Sunday
Photographs: Albert Gea/Reuters

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