Monaco End Ligue 1 Drought
Monaco manager Nathan Limior thought the door had closed on his team and that Paris Saint-Germain were sure to win the trophy, but he had an assistant keep on top of the score, and Limior was shocked to learn that PSG was struggling against Stade Rennais. Monaco saw the door of opportunity creak open a bit and pushed it open, destroying AJ Auxerre 3-0 in the season finale. PSG drew with Stade Rennais 2-2. Rennais on the strength of Mevlut Erdinc's two goals, and PSG saving a loss only on a Pastore strike and an own goal by Rennais. The fans at Stade Louis II certainly knew what was going on, and the crowd whipped into a frenzy as the final whistle sounded, ensuring Monaco's victory that day and in the Ligue 1 competition.
Nathan Limior was almost crying as his team was presented with L'Hexagoal amidst much pomp and circumstance. He said to the frenzied crowd in passable French, "I didn't think we'd ever make it here, to this moment. It took a miracle for us to win it, and Stade Rennais gave us that miracle. Thank you for supporting us, and I need you to continue supporting us next season, and support us when we compete in the Champions League. Once again, thank you all! Thank you, Dmitry [Rybolovlev], for hiring me and having faith in me to take care of this storied club. And most of all, thank you, players on the pitch, who made this happen. You struggled a lot, but you also overcame a lot, and I'm proud of you!"
This is Monaco's 8th league victory, and their first since 2000, ending a 16 year drought, and being the first time Monaco was rewarded with the new trophy, L'Hexagoal. Monaco were champions in 1961, 1963, 1978, 1982, 1988, 1997, 2000, and now 2016.