Atlético de Madrid had not won a La Liga title since 2014. Nor had anyone else except Real Madrid or FC Barcelona. With Real Madrid beating FC Villarreal in a simultaneous match, the title would have gone to them had Atlético tied or lost to Real Valladolid.
A shift in hierarchy, a scandal, a pandemic and many tears -- last season of La Liga took us for a ride. Now with the loss of big names like Messi and Ramos, fans flocking back to the stadiums and fresh new rosters, there is a lot to be revealed in the 2021-22 season.