Guardiola: Barcelona players are an empire

Pep Guardiola described his Barcelona players as an "empire" after their victory over Real Valladolid handed them the Liga title.

Pep Guardiola described his Barcelona players as an "empire" after their victory over Real Valladolid handed them the Liga title.

Guardiola praised the efforts of his players after they were crowned Primera Liga champions for the second successive season following a 4-0 drubbing of Valladolid at Camp Nou.

"These players are an empire, they are unique. They make hard things easy. Getting 99 points and losing only one game is incredible. All thanks to the players. They are incredible," he said.

"Without a Madrid so good we would not have gotten 99 points and without a strong Barca, Real Madrid would not have had so many points. They have plenty of money and are able to make great squads but will again be our biggest rivals next year."

Guardiola praised the Barcelona fans and reiterated his belief that Lionel Messi is the best player in world football.

"Thanks to the fans for their generosity, coming to support us every day. Messi is the best I've seen, I have no doubt. He has the genes of a winner, a great ambition. At 3-0, with the league in the bag, he kept pressing, he is unique," he concluded.