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Biggest title-winning margins in each of Europe's top 5 leagues

Rohith Nair
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Top 5 / Top 10
Timeless

If there is one thing football fans love, it is a closely-contested league that goes right down to the wire. Final day drama, helicopters on standby to transport the league trophy to the respective stadium, or even duplicate trophies used just for the sake of the presentation...

Ah, that's what we live for. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. There have been seasons where the league title was sewn up long before the season came to an end - sometimes even as early as the month of March!

So which was the most dominant team ever in each of Europe's top 5 leagues?

#5 La Liga: 15 points - Barcelona in 2012/13

League win most points La Liga Barcelona 2012-13
Barcelona won La Liga with a record 15-point lead

1) Barcelona: 100 points

2) Real Madrid: 85 points

The 2012/13 La Liga season was dominated by Barcelona throughout. They took the lead on the very first day of the season and never relinquished top spot in the table.

Over 38 games, they won 32 times and drew 4 games - losing just twice. They were undefeated at home and lost away to Real Madrid in El Clasico and to Real Sociedad at Anoeta - one of the few grounds where they have struggled for years.

32 wins and 4 draws also saw them accumulate 100 points - equaling the record set by Real Madrid the season before. But they only managed to score 115 goals, falling short of Real's record of 121 goals. However, the Blaugrana had scored in all 38 matches - a new record (later equalled by Real).

Athletic Club de Bilbao v FC Barcelona - La Liga
Lionel Messi scored 46 goals in La Liga that season
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Barcelona were never really challenged. Real's poor start to the season saw them languish in 12th place after four games before they clawed their way back. Atletico Madrid, who were second for 24 weeks, also succumbed towards the end, allowing their derby rivals to eventually finish second.

It was also Tito Vilanova's first and last full season as a manager as cancer took its toll, sidelining him for three months of the season. Vilanova lost his battle with cancer less than a year later.

The league win is most memorable for the way Carles Puyol paid tribute to not only Vilanova's fight against cancer but also Eric Abidal's struggles (he had undergone a liver transplant) by allowing them to lift the trophy at the end of the season.

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