Paris Saint-Germain has officially secured their retention of the title as champions of France for a record 11th time, even though it was already almost certain for the past few weeks.
They achieved this feat after drawing against Strasbourg during an away game. With only one more matchday remaining, their closest rivals, Lens, are now four points behind them.
Although Paris Saint-Germain had a strong start to the season with an emphatic unbeaten record, their performance dipped after the World Cup, putting their title defense in danger.
Their form was tumultuous at the turn of the year, which resulted in early exits from the Coupe de France and the Champions League.
During this time, Lens and Marseille appeared to be strong contenders that would give PSG a tough challenge to hold on to their title.
In the end, Paris Saint-Germain managed to recover and win six out of their last seven games, thanks to the efforts of their top scorer Kylian Mbappé, who scored 28 goals, and the departing Lionel Messi, who contributed with 16 goals and 16 assists in his final season in France.
Although Neymar missed half of the season due to ankle surgery, he still finished the team’s third-highest goalscorer with 13 goals. This means that Messi leaves France with a double Ligue 1 win, despite only playing one season.
With their ninth crown in 12 years under Qatari ownership, Paris Saint-Germain has now surpassed Saint-Étienne’s record of ten titles, which the latter won between 1957 and 1981 when they were the dominant force in French football.
PSG has already overtaken Marseille, Monaco, and Nantes, who have each won eight titles.