Paris Saint-Germain served up the game of the week, cruising to a fourth successive title win after beating bottom of the table Troyes by nine goals.
A four-goal haul from the capital club’s maverick talisman Zlatan Ibrahimović came after three first half goals that had put Laurent Blanc’s men out of sight before the break.
The Qatari-owned side have invested heavily in world stars since they were taken over in 2011, and that paid dividends as they broke a record set by Olympique Lyonnais in 2007 for the fastest team to win Ligue 1. This led to Lyon President Michel Aulas conceding that “They’re the best French team of all time” in an interview with Le Parisien.
Zlatan Ibrahimović (right) scored four goals en route to a title-clinching victory.
Les Parisiens have led from the front and sealed the title with eight games remaining, only losing to Lyon at the Stade des Lumières.
They have 77 points, 25 more than their nearest rivals AS Monaco- who tried to match PSG’s spending before realising even they could not compete- with a staggering goal difference of +62.
They have effectively swept aside all comers, and there was no relent in their momentum as they dispatched Troyes at the weekend.
The home side’s Mathieu Saunier looked bereft of confidence after an exasperating season, he managed to play in Edinson Cavani, his shot was saved but Matthieu Dreyer was only able to divert the ball back into the path of the Uruguayan, who converted at the second time of asking.
The second goal came through Javier Pastore, who was played in after a neat piece of skill by Ibrahimović (who else), the Argentine international then calmly lifted the ball over the man between the sticks to put PSG two goals to the good.
Blanc’s charges made it three in 20 minutes after Pastore chipped the ball over the home defence to Cavani, who was once again denied by Dreyer, but Adrien Rabiot- who has been a long-term transfer target for Arsenal- was able to turn in the rebound.
You could not tell that Troyes were the home side, and that trend continued after the break. That Ibrahimović had not scored against a team making countless defensive errors was strange, but he soon sent the travelling fans into rapture as he scored a 9-minute hat trick.
Cavani passed to the Swede, who switched it to either foot before deciding on his left, passing the ball into the back of the net.
Right footed this time, the former Milan man was completely unmarked as he met the cross of Angel Di Maria from the left and finished with a side foot volley.
To make sure Zlatan went home with the title-winning match ball, Di Maria released Layvin Kurzawa on the left, producing a near mirror image goal. Les Rouge-et-Bleu’s captain this time volleying with the help of a deflection off the unfortunate Saunier.
Kurzawa was again free on the left, and as they say, if you cant beat them join them. Saunier managed to do his best Ibrahimović impression as he latched on to the end of Kurzawa’s cross, volleying past his disbelieveing keeper to put the tin lid on a miserable day for the centre-half.
PSG were then awarded a penalty for a foul on Cavani, who stepped up to take the penalty himself. The problem with Cavani is that for a player of his quality, he should really be putting the ball in the back of the net more often. He again required a rebound to finish. Dreyer had made three saves from the hulking centre-forward in this game, but all three were subsequently converted.
If by any chance you had lost count, the score was now 8-0. The final goal was put away once again by Ibrahimović, as PSG broke away from a Troyes corner. The pass was delayed, allowing Ibrahimović to run through the middle and put the icing on the cake. He now has 102 goals in 115 Ligue 1 appearances.
The Swede has been linked with a move to Manchester United after he confirmed he would leave the capital after his contract expires in the summer.
He told beIN Sport that he would only stay if the Eiffel Tower was replaced with his statue. Laurent Blanc would surely like to keep hold of him but there is no guarantee the coach will be there either after his reputation has grown in the last few years.